|12 Aug 2019||
The great land robbery
The shameful story of how 1 million black families have been ripped from their farms. A war waged by deed of title has dispossessed 98 percent of black agricultural landowners in America.
|05 Jul 2019||
Friends of the Earth groups and supporters file OECD complaint against ING for financing palm oil abuses
NGOs have filed a complaint at the OECD against the Dutch bank ING Group regarding its financing of oil palm companies involved in deforestation (Noble Group), land grabbing (Bolloré Group/Socfin) and child labor (Wilmar International).
|02 Jul 2019||
Agriculture: Germ of an asset class
According to asset managers, a window is emerging for institutional money to flow into agriculture due to change of ownership, notably in markets such as Australia and the US.
|19 Apr 2019||
Who owns the country? The secretive companies hoarding England's land
Multi-million pound corporations with complex structures have purchased the very ground we walk on – and we are only just beginning to discover the damage it is doing to Britain.
|02 Apr 2019||
One of Africa’s most fertile lands is struggling to feed its own people
Little of the 5 million acres [2.02 million hectares] that Sudan's agriculture ministry estimates are in foreign hands—perhaps less than 1 in 20 acres—has been cultivated.
|28 Feb 2019||
Norway’s wealth fund ditches 33 palm oil firms over deforestation
Norway’s US$1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, has pulled out of more than 33 palm oil companies over deforestation risks over the last seven years
|26 Feb 2019||
Ontario Teachers’ acquires one of the largest private apple orchard operations in the US in $288m deal
The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has acquired Broetje Orchards, one of the largest privately-owned apple orchard operations in the U.S.
|12 Feb 2019||
The dormant breadbasket of the Asia-Pacific
The Russian government has actively supported foreign investment in Siberian agriculture, making 1 million hectares of arable land in the Far Eastern Federal District available to foreign buyers
|05 Feb 2019||
The major players in agri-finance
According to the USDA, the following countries are home to the largest holders of US cropland: Canada, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands.
|05 Feb 2019||
New Jersey State Investment Council commites $100 million to Homestead Capital's US farmland fund
New Jersey’s $70 billion public-employee pension manager, the New Jersey State Investment Council, has agreed to commit $100 million in Homestead Capital’s third farmland fund.
|29 Jan 2019||
Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana creates $100m separate account with AgIS
TRSL has also expanded another of its separate accounts held with Hancock Agricultural Investment Group by $25 million, focusing on farmland in the US and Australia.
|18 Dec 2018||
Foreign farmland investors in Brazil linked to 423,000 hectares of deforestation
Harvard University, the US pension fund manager TIAA/Nuveen and Japan's Mitsui are among the foreign companies buying up Brazilian farmlands that are responsible for over 420,000 ha of deforestation in the Cerrado since 2000.
|14 Dec 2018||
El acaparamiento de tierras perpetrado por los fondos de pensión debe terminar
La magnitud de este fenómeno de apropiación de tierras agrícolas por parte de las financieras tiene importantes consecuencias tanto para las comunidades rurales como para los sistemas alimentarios.
|29 Nov 2018||
Karan Beef cashes in on exponential growth in demand from China
South Africa's Karan family accepted a R5.2bn offer for its cattle feedlot from a South African pension fund over a R6bn offer from Chinese investors who wanted to export all of its meat
|21 Nov 2018||
Australia: Have offshore players got the jump on local investors?
The BFB sale has raised concerns that even if local bidders are able to raise the cash required for these deals, they’re not able to compete with the vast resources and track records of international players.
|14 Nov 2018||
Foreign investor rules questioned in Riverina agribusiness sale
A group of Riverina farmers is demanding answers from the federal government over the sale of BFB, a large diversified agribusiness in Temora, which is being sold by a US private equity investor to a Canadian pension fund.
|13 Nov 2018||
L’accaparement des terres perpétré par les fonds de pension dans le monde doit cesser
Depuis une dizaine d’années, l’argent des fonds de pension alimente un énorme investissement dans les terres agricoles. Le nombre de fonds de pension investissant dans les terres agricoles et les sommes d’argent déployées à cette fin sont en augmentation, mais tout se fait discrètement.
|13 Nov 2018||
The global farmland grab by pension funds needs to stop
Money from pension funds has fuelled the financial sector's massive move into farmland investing over the past decade. The number of pension funds involved in farmland investment and the amount of money they are deploying into it is increasing, under the radar.
|04 Nov 2018||
Jaguar scheme opts for forestry and farmland
According to its latest investment report, the Jaguar Pension Plan placed $16.5m in an agriculture fund managed by Boston-based Folium Capital
|17 Oct 2018||
Landgrabbing, illicit finance and corporate crime: an update
GRAIN recently learned that several cases of land grabbing have been prosecuted in the courts, or been acted upon by national authorities, and so we have compiled a short update on these developments.
|12 Oct 2018||
IMF-WBG and landgrabbing: Funding rural peoples’ destitution
Despite all the hypocritical calls and posturing of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank for ending hunger, they have facilitated, enabled, and led the global rush for landgrabs
|09 Oct 2018||
How Harvard’s investments exacerbate global land and water conflicts
The elite university has quietly become one of the largest owners of farmland in the world, according to a new report by GRAIN, an international nonprofit supporting small farmers, and Brazil-based Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos
|22 Sep 2018||
International Farming Corporation raising $1.5B for US farmalnd fund
The $128 billion Washington State Investment Board is considering investing up to $250 million in the IFC Core Farmland Fund – an open-ended vehicle focused on investing in U.S. farming operations
|13 Sep 2018||
Harvard purchases 741,000 acres and creates conflict with local communities
The US university, through its endowment fund, maintains a business chain with Brazilian companies and its subsidiaries to circumvent Brazilian law, according to a report.
|08 Sep 2018||
Harvard University accused of land grab & violation of indigenous people's rights: study
The university's endowment fund, meant to support educational and research goals, was misused to acquire 850,000 hectares of farmland across 5 continents during the past 10 years.
|06 Sep 2018||
Harvard's billion-dollar farmland fiasco
One of the world's major buyers of farmland is under fire for their involvement in land conflicts, environmental destruction and risky investments. A new report by GRAIN and Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos presents, for the first time, a comprehensive analysis of Harvard University's controversial investments in global farmland.
|02 Sep 2018||
Businessman turned philanthropist accused of murders and land theft in Brazil's Northeast
Portrait of a Brazilian businessman accused of violent land grabbing whose clients include Cargill, Bunge and the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA).
|22 Aug 2018||
Laguna Bay Pastoral Company buys eight Smithton dairies
Australian agricultural funds manager Laguna Bay Pastoral Company, which acts for North American pension funds, has recently bought eight dairy farms in the Smithton area.
|03 Jul 2018||
Land speculation is leading to human rights violations and eco-destruction in Brazil
A new report uncovers how international pension funds, foreign investments and institutions are tearing down any future for rural communities in Northeastern Brazil.
|26 Jun 2018||
Dutch pension fund divests from Posco Daewoo over deforestation in Indonesia
APB, the Dutch pension fund for government and education employees, announced it would divest 300,000 euros from Posco Daewoo over deforestation in Indonesian Papua.