AgFunder Releases Mid-Year 2016 Agriculture Technology Investment Report

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Venture investment in the agriculture technology (“agtech”) sector reached $1.8 billion across 307 deals in the first half of 2016. Investment by funding dollars declined 20% year-over-year, following the decline in global venture capital markets, but there was an uptick in deal activity and active investors in the sector.

AgFunder, the leading agriculture-focused online investment platform, announced the release of its Mid-Year 2016 AgTech Investment Report. It reported total agtech investment of $1.8 billion for the first half of 2016, a 20% decline from H1-2015 ($2.2bn) and a 27% decline from H2-2015 ($2.4bn). This decline in agtech investment largely mirrored the broader venture capital market, which fell over two consecutive halves: 14% on H1-2015, and 21% on H2-2015, according to KPMG and CB Insights’ Venture Pulse Report.

Agtech deal activity, however, outperformed the broader venture capital markets where the number of global venture-backed deals fell 13% on H1-2015 after a 28% decline in H2-2015. By comparison, agtech investment activity increased in H1-2016 with 307 deals reported. This is a 7% increase on H1-2015 numbers (285) and a 25% increase on H2-2015 (245).

Seed stage investment continued to drive agtech investment activity, representing 52% of deals recorded. The total size of seed stage investments grew with 159 seed stage deals raising $104 million in H1-2016 compared to 260 deals raising $130 million for all of 2015.

Companies in the Food E-Commerce, Biomaterials & Biochemicals, Soil & Crop Technology and Precision Agriculture subsectors drove top line numbers for H1 this year. Compared to last year, Soil & Crop Technology, Farm-2-Consumer, and Biomaterials & Biochemicals had noticeable upticks, while Drones & Robotics ($132m) and Food E-commerce ($556m) fell year-over-year. Food E-Commerce experienced a large pullback in 2016 as several companies announced closings or scale backs.

Over the past five years, investment in the agtech sector has accelerated from approximately $500 million in 2012 to $4.6 billion in 2015. The $1.8 billion recorded in H1-2016 represents a slight pullback from the 2015 numbers but continues the momentum seen in the sector.

Read the report for an in-depth look at the industry, subsectors, and all deal data for the first half of 2016.

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Contact: Melissa Tilney, melissa(at)agfunder(dot)com

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