• Pension funds flock to ‘real assets’
    • Financial Times
    • 16 Jun 2013

    Pension funds across the globe are ramping up holdings of so-called “real assets” such as property, infrastructure and farmland, as they move to protect their portfolios against inflation.

  • The anatomy of a Mozambique land deal
    • IRIN
    • 22 May 2013

    A multi-million dollar “ethical” plantation development in northwestern Mozambique - the initiative of a clutch of Scandinavian faith-based organizations - has faced alleged acts of sabotage by the very people it was designed to assist, illustrating the divisions between foreign benefactors and local communities.

  • Swedish buffer fund AP2 under scrutiny from NGO over Brazilian farmland investments
    • Responsible Investor
    • 22 Apr 2013

    Sweden’s SEK227.3bn (€26.7bn) state buffer fund Andra AP-fonden (AP2) has been accused of a lack of transparency and snapping up cheap agricultural land in Brazil by campaign group Swedwatch. AP2 denies the allegations.

  • Lack of transparency when Swedish Pension Fund AP2 invests in farmland in Brazil
    • Swedwatch
    • 16 Apr 2013

    A new Swedwatch report shows a lack of transparency and inadequate auditing of ethics and environmental impacts in AP2’s investment in farmland in Brazil. For business reasons, the investment is surrounded by a high level of secrecy, which makes scrutiny from the outside impossible.

  • Swedish land grab in Tanzania causes protests
    • FarmLandS
    • 22 Mar 2013

    Mats Widgren provides an update on a Swedish company's land grab for sugar cane production in Tanzania.

  • Swedish Black Earth?
    • FarmLandS
    • 14 Mar 2013

    "I’ve put together a table with what I think are the main Swedish land investments in Russia and Ukraine," writes Brian Kuns. "In doing this, I ran into some of the known difficulties associated with monitoring the phenomenon of large-scale land-acquisition."

  • Tanzania: Villagers cry over land grabbing
    • The Citizen
    • 13 Mar 2013

    Bagamoyo villagers are up in arms over the government supporting an investor they accuse of grabbing about 6,000 hectares of their land in the district.

  • Govt can't produce foreign farmland figure
    • NZN
    • 13 Mar 2013

    In New Zealand, an opposition party is demanding hard figures on how much farmland is owned by foreigners, but the government says it can't produce the figures.

  • Pension fund buys $100m of land in hunt for safety
    • Agrimoney
    • 11 Mar 2013

    The 16,000-hectare farm which Första AP-fonden bought in Australia in December was one of a clutch of purchases of farmland, worth some $100m, by the pension fund.

  • Pension funds join forces to invest in farmland
    • Reuters
    • 07 Mar 2013

    Major asset managers, cowed by the cost, the risk and the controversy involved in investing in farmland, are joining forces to increase investment in the historically under-capitalised sector.

  • “No land, no power”
    • Swedwatch
    • 05 Mar 2013

    Executive summary of Swedwatch's report on the Swedfund-supported Addax Bioenergy project in Sierra Leone

  • Mozambican farmers fear foreign land grabs
    • IPS
    • 22 Feb 2013

    “In the very short term land will became scarcest for Mozambicans because the government is attracting foreign investors arguing that we have huge unused land“, a spokesperson for UNAC told IPS. “What happens, in fact, when investors come, their appetite is centered on land already being used by locals.”

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