Foreign investment in US land on the rise

Investors from Canada and the Netherlands have almost half of all foreign forest and farmland holdings in the USA. The Canadian holdings reflect investment by timber companies, while the Dutch holdings reflect pension fund investments.

ook Europa doet mee aan ‘landjepik’

Volgens een rapport van FIAN, TNI en anderen is Europa sterk betrokken bij de aankoop van landbouwgrond en landbouw-infrastructuur. Rechtstreeks door Europese investeerders, maar ook door het Europese beleid dat leidt tot ‘land-grabs’.

Commodity falls spark investor rethink

Passive indices have been replaced by new sophisticated active indices and pension fund managers like APG are investing in natural resources assets, including farmland.

Mozambique: World Bank to discuss land policy in the country

A policy paper will next week be presented to the annual World Bank conference on land and poverty in Washington DC in the United States, which focuses on the confrontation between peasant producers and investors in the Mozambican province of Zambezia.

Sudan: It's business time in Juba

A group of twenty Dutch companies visited Juba this week, looking for business opportunities. In the South Sudanese capital they bumped into a 50-member strong delegation from Japan, who was there for exactly the same purpose. Meanwhile, the Indians are on their way.

Food finance: Founding farmers

Asset owners and managers are signing up to a series of principles on how they invest in agricultural land. Will this mollify critics of the land grab? Nick Lord reports.