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SIGNATURE Agri Investments

SIGNATURE Agri Investments (formerly UFF African Agri BV) is a leading impact investment boutique with the mission to fight food insecurity, create climate resilience, and transform communities and economies through sustainable and innovative agriculture investments. Headquartered in The Hague and operating across multiple countries mainly in Africa, SIGNATURE group has 10+ employees ranging from investment managers, agronomical specialist, ESG / Impact specialist and (financial) back offices.

Venture capital & private equity
Den Haag, NL
Active in 6 countries
10 employees
80% men - 20% women
Average age is 37 years

SIGNATURE Agri Investments

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SIGNATURE Agri Investments (formerly UFF African Agri BV) is a leading impact investment boutique with the mission to fight food insecurity, create climate resilience, and transform communities and economies through sustainable and innovative agriculture investments. Headquartered in The Hague and operating across multiple countries mainly in Africa, SIGNATURE group has 10+ employees ranging from investment managers, agronomical specialist, ESG / Impact specialist and (financial) back offices.

Venture capital & private equity
Den Haag, NL
Active in 6 countries
10 employees
80% men - 20% women
Average age is 37 years

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Hannah Young

Head of ESG

Hannah Young

BIO:
Hannah is a qualified environmental lawyer who has been engaged with ESG across the African continent for more than 10 years.
DAY TO DAY ACTIVITIES:
Hannah provides ESG input during due diligence, ensures we implement sustainability considerations and monitor our impact in current investments.

Erwin Bouland

Joint Managing Director

Erwin Bouland

BIO:
Erwin is a successful international (agribusiness) serial entrepreneur. He founded companies in the security, fashion, agriculture and logistical industry.
DAY TO DAY ACTIVITIES:
Erwin is involved in the sourcing and negotiations of acquisitions. He provides feedback to the investment team.

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We use our wealth of global industry experience and mobilize long-term capital from institutional and private investors to address one of the world’s most pressing global issues: how to provide enduring food security in a way that restores biodiversity and soil fertility while optimizing the use of diminishing resources
Originally focused on farmland investment, we have expanded our investment universe...


We use our wealth of global industry experience and mobilize long-term capital from institutional and private investors to address one of the world’s most pressing global issues: how to provide enduring food security in a way that restores biodiversity and soil fertility while optimizing the use of diminishing resources

Originally focused on farmland investment, we have expanded our investment universe to the nodes of the agricultural value chain that will allow to do more with less and directly link the farms to the end-markets.

To achieve this goal, we support and invest in businesses that incorporate and leverage some of agriculture’s most ancient techniques (agro-forestry, cover crops, low-till plantings) together with cutting-edge technologies such as precision irrigation, satellite & drone monitoring and high-tech processing facilities.


We use our wealth of global industry experience and mobilize long-term capital from institutional and private investors to address one of the world’s most pressing global issues: how to provide enduring food security in a way that restores biodiversity and soil fertility while optimizing the use of diminishing resources

Originally focused on farmland investment, we have expanded our investment universe to the nodes of the agricultural value chain that will allow to do more with less and directly link the farms to the end-markets.

To achieve this goal, we support and invest in businesses that incorporate and leverage some of agriculture’s most ancient techniques (agro-forestry, cover crops, low-till plantings) together with cutting-edge technologies such as precision irrigation, satellite & drone monitoring and high-tech processing facilities.


SIGNATURE is a formal investor with an informal way of working as we have literally boots on the ground. We combine in-house farming and food trade knowledge with investment expertise to optimize our farm operations and investments. Besides that, we bring ESG/impact knowledge and a global perspective to our projects.

When entering new geographical or crop markets we follow thorough due diligence procedures. This comprise of sustainability, agronomical, commercial, tax and legal due diligence. Besides that, we develop full financial models to calculate returns, do price analysis and consider the impact of currency risks.


Based on the 7th floor of 'Monarch Tower' in The Hague, we work with a small team of <13 FTE, who feel more like family than colleagues. We have a practical approach to our work as we are the bridge between farmers and institutional investors. The communication amongst the team is informal and we have a complete flat organizational structure, as we need flexibility while we travel to visit our projects.

Due to rapid expansion of our funds, we are looking for bright, entrepreneurial, passionate and adventures new members to strenghten our team.


At SIGNATURE, we ensure sustainability principles are embedded in every aspect of our investments. By promoting climate change mitigation and adaptation activities, while conserving and enhancing biodiversity, we contribute to the protection of social and natural capital. In line with our mission and ambitions, we have adopted five flagship Sustainable Development Goals: Life on Land, Zero Hunger, Decent work and ecoomic growth, Gender equality, Clean water and sanitation

SIGNATURE is not “box-ticking” to comply with environmental and social responsibility obligations, we incorporate social and environmental considerations in our decision-making at all levels and throughout our organization and a key component of SIGNATURE's investment process is our commitment to tailored environmental and social programs on every farm which are designed to go beyond risk mitigation and achieve tangible impact.


Our headquarter is located in:
- The Hague (Netherlands) and

Our current projects are scattered over Africa in:
- Eswatini
- Zambia
- Malawi
- Nigeria
- Morocco

We are currently looking at investment opportunities in more countries such as Angola, Spain, Portugal, Algeria, Turkey.