These are unprecedented times; if we had a dollar for every time we’ve heard that in recent weeks… But there might not be a better way to describe the situation we are in, especially as there’s so much uncertainty in the short, medium and long term for everyone on our planet.
The agrifood industry is for sure facing unprecedented challenges with various warnings from the United Nations this week that we are facing acute food insecurity. The threat of a global recession also looms large.
What does this mean for agrifood investing?
We’re grateful to have some amazing LPs in our funds and entrepreneurs in our portfolio so, in an effort to try and navigate how our growing but still relatively small asset class gets through the Covid-19 crisis, we’ve launched a series of digital talks for our community.
We held the first What The Fork? Digitalks by AgFunder last week with a focus on the future of agrifood investing and the technology trends we can expect to arise from it.
Joining AgFunder’s Rob Leclerc and Louisa Burwood-Taylor were Blake Stevens, Principal at Alexandria Investments and agtech lead at the VC arm of real estate juggernaut and AgFunder LP Alexandria Real Estate (NYSE: ARE), and Dave Friedberg, founder of Climate Corporation, agtech’s first unicorn, now running his own multi-asset class investment company The Production Board.
Below is the video for you to watch. I will also be posting the audio recording on our podcast Future Food for those of you that don’t want to see our faces and silly Zoom backgrounds (watch for an update for that). But here are some of the key talking points and takeaways:
What do you think of our first digitalk? Give us your feedback!