British International Investment

India Agri Business Fund II Limited

IndiaSouth AsiaConsumer - other servicesFood & Agriculture

Rabo Equity’s India Agri Business Fund 2 (IABF 2) is a private equity fund which invests in growing businesses across the agribusiness sector. This includes infrastructure, food processing, rural retail, and cold chain storage and distribution companies.

The fund focuses on the food processing sector.

This investment was made when British International Investment was named CDC Group.

Our investment

Description of the investment.

In December 2014, CDC committed $30 million in IABF 2. The fund raised $150 million which it uses to back between 12 and 15 small and medium sized companies with equity investment sizes ranging from $5 million up to $30 million.

We hope to see a significant share of our investment benefiting the low-income states in India where a large number of agribusinesses are based.

Expected impact

Expected impact of investments made between 2012 and 2018. From 2019 onwards, we have published a fuller set of impact information, assessing each investment against six dimensions of impact.

Indian agribusiness is a fast-growing domestic market, where increased demand for food products has been fuelled by rapid growth in disposable incomes and demographic change.

But the sector continues to face limitations such as poor quality farm services, shortfalls in warehousing and cold chain facilities, as well as fragmented retail markets.

Investments to modernise food and agribusinesses – and reduce food waste – are urgently needed and will have a direct impact on reducing poverty.

IABF 2’s predecessor, India Agri Business Fund 1, was the country’s first dedicated agribusiness fund. It has made ten investments in companies including Super Agri Seeds, Prabhat Dairy and NCML.

Rabo Equity is also looking to attract global institutional investors to support its plan to double investments in the country.

Environmental and social information

  • Environmental and social summary

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  • Environmental and social risk

    A risk category rating, which indicates the level of environmental and social risk associated with an investment. For an explanation of the categorisations used, see here. We consistently provide an environmental and social risk category for all investments screened from 2023 onwards.

Environmental and social summary

We work closely with the fund manager to develop and implement an ESMS that has the capacity to manage the higher level of environmental and social risk associated with this sector.

Reporting and Complaints Mechanism

The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism allows anyone outside BII to report alleged breaches of the business integrity or environmental and social provisions of BII’s Policy on Responsible Investing. This includes breaches made by BII, a BII investee, or a portfolio company of a fund in which BII has invested. The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism Rules are available here. Reports and complaints can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail. See more details on our Reporting and Complaints Mechanism here.

For any other general enquiries contact us at [email protected]

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    March 2024
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    South Asia

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    Consumer - other services, Food & Agriculture

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    October 2014
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    Rabo Equity Advisors

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Investments made by this fund into companies:

For further information about these companies, visit

Investment name Country Region Sector Start date Status
Cremica Food Industries Limited India South Asia Food & Agriculture June 2016 Active
Global Gourmet Pvt. Ltd India South Asia Food & Agriculture February 2018 Active
Nature Bio Foods India South Asia Food & Agriculture November 2018 Active
Naturell India Pvt Ltd India South Asia Food & Agriculture April 2018 Active
Olive Bar and Kitchen Pvt Ltd India South Asia Consumer - other services November 2017 Active
Parijat Industries (India) Private Limited India South Asia Food & Agriculture June 2016 Active

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