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Axel HInsch of Calyx Agro
will present on farmland
investment in Latin America.

WORLD AGRICULTURE INVESTMENT CONFERENCE USA

May 9-10, Wyndham Chicago Hotel   


Agenda - Understand which strategy to choose, identify the risks and make sound investment decisions

A carefully crafted program, developed in association with those at the forefront of agriculture investment, to help you overcome critical challenges and create the ideal Ag portfolio

To benefit from the invaluable learning and networking opportunities at the World Agriculture Investment Conference USA - you need to book your place before the sell out.

Session one: The Marco Perspective

    * Keynote: Why agriculture is an attractive investment opportunity right now, and comparing farmland returns to other investment classes

Shonda Warner, CEO, Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners

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A global perspective on agriculture investment strategies and regional land markets

    * Examine global land markets and matching risk profiles to help you make the right investment
    * An expert guide to the global environment for international investors
    * Take advantage of the investment vehicles available to strengthen your portfolio

Henry Wilkes, InvestAg Savills, UK

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Water security, climate change and sustainable agriculture

    * Understand how climate change and water security has a direct impact on your investment
    * Learn about water footprints to manage your investment sustainably
    * Simple steps you can take to achieve good water stewardship

NewSeed Advisors

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Recognise and manage the social impacts of agriculture investment upon small-holder farmers in a resource constrained world

    * How to identify the social impacts of your agriculture investment
    * Principles for responsible investment in agriculture
    * Why investors should support legal rules and standards to protect poor communities

Chris Jochnick, Director of Private Sector Department, Oxfam

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Session two: Agriculture investment strategies

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Investing in agriculture

    * Practical information on what potential investors need to know about agriculture
    * Professional tactics on options to invest in agriculture, philosophy and strategy
    * Understand the relative merits – and how to weigh-up and mitigate the risks – of those options to ensure you choose the right agriculture investment strategy for you

Detlef Schön, CEO, Aquila Capital Green Assets

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Private equity investment in the full agriculture supply chain

    * Practical information on investment in key expansion areas in agriculture
    * Evaluate investments that will profit from growth in agriculture developments, including fertiliser, technology and infrastructure
    * Assess the risk and return profiles of existing case studies to help you make the right investment decision – should you invest in land, production, storage or the transformation process?

Rajesh Behal, Principal Investment Officer, Agribusiness Department, IFC
Bill Goodbar, Managing Director, Agricapital Corporation

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Accessing agriculture markets through futures; from exchange traded products to derivatives

    * Professional tactics on where to be and what kind of investments to contemplate when interested in agricultural commodities as an asset class
    * Practical information on the pros and cons of index investments to help you make the right decisions
    * Recognise the opportunities – and avoid the pitfalls – in selected agricultural futures markets to ensure you get exposure to the right market for your portfolio
    * Understand the potential for growth of exchange cleared - but not exchange traded - agricultural derivatives, to ensure successful access to agriculture markets

Eddie Tofpik, Head of Foreign Exchange, ADM Investor Services
JB Germain, Commodity Investor Solutions, Citi

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Listed stocks VS. pure private stocks

    * Evaluate the pros and cons of listed stocks versus pure private stocks
    * Expert suggestions on which strategy to choose to fit your portfolio
    * Professional tactics on investment in both listed and pure private stocks   

Ian Horowitz, Senior Analyst, Rafferty Capital Markets

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Capitalize on opportunities to scale-up small agribusiness operations and strategic partnerships

    * Professional tactics on the development of farmland for capital growth
    * Learn how to maximise financial gains through fast transformation
    * An expert guide to the importance of efficient local infrastructure, farm equipment and strategic partnerships

Jan Pensaert, Founder & CEO, Valiance (ViVa)

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Land lord or tenant? A global perspective on farmland investments

    * Full details on investing in farmland real estate vs. operational farming to help you choose the appropriate strategy for your portfolio
    * Learn about regional variances in farmland investment opportunities to help you make the right investment decision
    * An expert guide to augmenting returns from farmland real estate

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How to get exposure to greenfield agricultural investments

    * Learn about the dynamics of investing in greenfield arable assets
    * An expert guide to the lifecycle of greenfield investments to ensure that you know the right time to invest
    * Effective ways to get exposure to greenfield agricultural assets; assessing return profiles and managing risk

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Capitalizing on farmland investment

    * Professional tactics on the pros and cons of direct and indirect
    * Understand investor expectations regarding Ag portfolios
    * Learn about the potential returns investors seek

Howard Kaplan, President of ORG Natural Resources, a division of ORG Portfolio Management

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Risk management and hedging strategies

    * Find out how to reduce risks related to your agriculture investment by diversifying across a number of countries
    * Identify key risks including climatic, social and political, economic and commercial
    * Learn how effective risk management and hedging can be the most important determinant of success

David Cornish, General Manger, Meredith Dairy Company

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Diversified strategies

    * Professional tactics on the importance of diversification and how to structure offerings
    * Examine investment characteristics including asset types, product sectors and geographies
    * Expert suggestions on investment allocation to deployment decision

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How agriculture fits within investor portfolios

    * Discover a leading institutional investor’s perspective on agriculture, why they have made allocations and how it fits within their portfolio
    * Examine the pros and cons of dedicated exposure and diversified portfolios
    * Understand the key attributes an investor requires when choosing an investment and how to create the ideal agriculture portfolio

Paul Oberschneider, Chairman, Pro Hauser

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Session three: How best to manage an Ag investment

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The practical side of agriculture investments

    * Find out what you need to be aware of when selecting an operator to manage your agriculture investment and why it has a direct impact on your ROI
    * Practical information on how to source the right operator to administer your agriculture investment to ensure you realise high-level returns
    * Professional tips that help you to overcome local challenges, utilize comparative advantages and enhance communication

Gonzalo Fernandez Castro, CEO, Lumix Capital

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How to secure land investments with Information technologies

    * Expert insight on the latest information technologies to help assess land value and estimate risk during the due diligence process
    * Learn how new, variable rate technologies can increase yield returns
    * Professional tactics on monitoring crops conditions to prioritize decisions and regularly update estimated yields

Wade Barnes, CEO, Farmers Edge

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Investment Themes for Issuers & Investors

    * Expert tips on agricultural land, water and yields to help make the right investment decision
    * Get to grips with sustainability and the latest in clean technologies
    * Professional tactics on the demand for key commodities and strategies

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Session four: Thematic Investment Opportunities

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Why aquaculture is the fastest growing food-sector segment in agribusiness

    * Learn why aquaculture has become the an attractive space in agribusiness
    * Understand the fundamental drivers that will lead the industry to double by 2025
    * Expert guide to a range of leading-edge investment opportunities across the aquaculture space

Shawn Lesser, President, Sustainable World Capital

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Investment opportunities in the world wine market

    * Learn about wine as an asset class and why it is an attractive investment right now
    * Examine the pros and cons of wine fund investment vs. private collections
    * Expert guide to geographical allocations across wine markets

Gavin Saffer, Global Sales Director, Premier Cru

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Session five: Regional strategies

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Evaluating agriculture in Latin America

    * A country-by-country analysis on regulatory environments
    * An expert guide to the history of Latin America's agriculture industry
    * Understand the potential for Latin America to take centre stage in meeting global food demand

Warren Weissman, Chief, Industries and Services Division, Inter-American Development Bank

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Latin America investment opportunities overview

    * Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay an agriculture investment landscape overview
    * Assess relative returns for existing operations in the region
    * Examine political risk, legal frameworks, ownership restrictions and investment implications

Axel Hinsch, President, Calyx Agro

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Argentina

    * Evaluate the relative risks and returns for investment opportunities in Argentina
    * Understand regional market dynamics; demand transparency, forecasts, returns and competiveness
    * An expert guide to local infrastructure, trade channels and risk management

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 African Agriculture: challenges and opportunities

    * Evaluate the relative risks and returns for investment opportunities in Africa
    * Profession tactics on how best to structure an investment in African agriculture
    * Strategies for integrating sustainable principles into the value chain to increase overall value

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Agriculture Investment landscape in Canada

    * The case for investing in Canadian agriculture
    * Assess relative returns for existing operations in the region
    * Key insight on local infrastructure and trade channels

Tom Eisenhauer, President, Bonnefield Financial

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