Food security fears drive fund farm investments
    The emergence of the farmland asset class is not without pitfalls with the provision of food always highly political and a tentative global economic recovery potentially threatened by the H1N1 flu pandemic, fund managers said.
    • Reuters
    • 02 July 2009
    Leading experts to speak at Global AgInvesting 2009 conference in New York
    Aimed at public and private market investors, this conference will explore opportunities for global investments in agricultural lands, commodities and infrastructure in North and South America, Australia, China, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Soyatech
    • 11 May 2009
    ‘Agrologistics’ at home and abroad
    Private equity used to stay away from anything to do with agriculture, put off by the uncontrollable risks of bad climate and natural disasters. And yet in the last three years some big funds have been launched in the agribusiness space, and they are busy trying different ways of mitigating the risks.
    • Ghana News
    • 03 May 2009
    FACTBOX: Investing in Africa: Land and agriculture
    Soaring food prices, supply fears among import-dependent countries and rising demand for biofuels have driven up investment in agricultural land, notably in Africa.
    • Reuters
    • 07 October 2008
    All about investing in agricultural land
    As with timberland, while direct ownership and management (i.e., being a farmer), is a possibility, such a route is similarly fraught with difficulties. One of the most significant of these is the issue of diversification in the farmland itself - especially with a single investment. A well-diversified holding of farmland (row crop, permanent crop, pasture and even timber) will, therefore, not only require a significant investment, but may also involve land holdings in a number of different locations.
    • Farms.com
    • 15 September 2008
    Buy into Africa
    Cru, a small specialist fund management firm, recently launched a Malawi-based fund called Africa Invest. The fund has made an initial investment of £2m in 2,000 hectares of land that’s producing paprika for western supermarkets. With land prices starting at £800 per hectare (compared to £10,000 in the UK) it’s relatively easy to amass large farms that can be upgraded with new technology, mechanisation and better production methods. According to Cru, annual returns on capital should exceed 30 to 40 per cent.
    • Investor Chronicle
    • 15 August 2008
    Food Is Gold, So Billions Invested in Farming
    Huge investment funds have already poured hundreds of billions of dollars into booming financial markets for commodities like wheat, corn and soybeans. But a few big private investors are starting to make bolder and longer-term bets that the world’s need for food will greatly increase — by buying farmland, fertilizer, grain elevators and shipping equipment.
    • New York Times
    • 05 June 2008
    Hedge funds muck in down on the farm
    Hedge funds and investment banks are swapping their Gucci for gumboots as they bet on rising food prices by buying farms.
    • Financial Times
    • 25 April 2008
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