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Today’s partner insights will feature an interview from Agfunder, a niche player headquartered in San Francisco. Agfunder is an equity crowdfunding platform founded by a dedicated team of technologists and ag industry professionals. As can be deduced from the name, they focus on one key vertical only: agriculture and agtech.

Agriculture is a $6.4Tn market employing roughly 1.3Bn people around the world. It has outperformed all other sectors but one over the past 15 years, yet there are few avenues for investors to access this asset class and few investors have exposure to agriculture in their portfolio. One reason it’s been so difficult for investors to access agricultural investments is because the industry is highly fragmented. Current investment figures indicate that agriculture needs $200Bn in annual investment in growth and innovation just to keep pace. The lack of funding and cohesiveness across the agriculture industry presents a serious problem because current agricultural production capacity must grow by as much as 70 percent by 2050 in order to supply a global population of over 9 billion people.

The next wave of agriculture will look fundamentally different due to the new technologies now available in this sector, like drones, autonomous vehicles, indoor agriculture operations, and more. Investors looking for exposure to long term trends like population growth, protein consumption, and climate change are increasingly searching for opportunities in pure-play agriculture or in agriculture technology companies.

AgFunder seeks to play a central role in facilitating the funding, access to investment, and ecosystem development for the industry as it enters this next generation. The company has directed nearly $20M in investment into agriculture and agtech companies, with that figure set to double this year.

Currently, AgFunder has over 5,500 registered members. Roughly 1,300 of those members are accredited investors, with over 45% of them coming from venture capital firms, family offices, private equity firms, and even sovereign wealth funds. In addition to pure fundraising functions, AgFunder has also established and continues to cultivate an ecosystem for investment in agriculture. Through its affiliate news site AgFunderNews, investors, partners, experts, corporates, and media outlets interested in food and agriculture technology can learn about new innovations, industry developments, and funding news.

Read the whole article on DealIndex Blog. For anyone interested in investing in agriculture or agtech companies, be sure to check out AgFunder.

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