|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.
|30 May 2018||
Land-grabbing and the financialization of agricultural land
On the occasion of the publication of Transnational Corporations and Land Speculation in Brazil, Mary Taylor of LeftEast spoke with Fábio Pitta, Devlin Kuyek and Attila Szőcs about the broader implications of the report's findings.
|23 May 2018||
Who owns Australia’s farms? Nation’s biggest landholders of 2018
The Weekly Times has compiled a list of more than 900 properties, and their owners, who range from family farms to domestic and international corporate and investment institutions. The result? The big are getting bigger.
|02 Apr 2018||
Documents forged with cricket poop used to legalize land claims in Brazil as World Bank project opens doors to land grabber
During the World Bank's annual land conference. Actionaid joined with 70 organizations in Brazil and across the globe to reveal how one of the Bank's own projects is a “license for land grabbing.”
|28 Mar 2018||
Cerrado: U.S. investment spurs land theft, deforestation in Brazil, say experts
Investigation uncovers how Harvard University's endowment is involved in a violent case of land grabbing, covering 140,000 ha in the Brazilian state of Bahia.
|26 Mar 2018||
Mozambique: Another Norfund fiasco as Matanuska goes bust
The banana plantation in Monapo, Nampula, that was supposed to be a model for foreign farm investment and was promoted by Norfund, has finally gone bankrupt, at huge cost to Mozambique.
|30 Jan 2018||
AgCAP completes sale of livestock, cropping portfolio
AgCAP has completed the sale of its initial Sustainable Agriculture Fund (SAF) portfolio, which included the sale to institutional and private equity investors of SAF’s three cropping aggregations in Australia.
|15 Jan 2018||
Canada's Public Sector Pension Board gets OIO approval to buy $17.7M dairy farm and block
Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board, got a green light to buy a medium-sized New Zealand dairy farm and a neighbouring dairy support block in Canterbury for $17.7 million just ahead of tougher requirements on land sales to foreign buyers.
|15 Jan 2018||
China's Rifa boss to lead $1b Canadian ag portfolio in Australia
One of the people most active in driving Chinese investment in Australian farmland, David Goodfellow, is switching camps to help build a $1 billion Canadian investment portfolio.
|06 Nov 2017||
Indigenous lands at risk, as Amazon sellout by Brazil’s Temer continues (commentary)
Brazilian president Michel Temer has now twice survived votes to initiate impeachment against him. Temer did so by selling out the environment, allowing agribusiness to rent indigenous lands.
|31 Oct 2017||
Hewitt Cattle Australia secure stake in Arcadian Organic
The deal will also see the company, backed by Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board, acquire two certified organic properties owned by Arcadian covering over 30,000 ha.
|19 Oct 2017||
Gambling with nature: A risky investment
In the last ten years, pension funds and other large investment funds have invested more and more in agricultural land as a part of their financial portfolios, contributing to increasing human rights violations and environmental destruction.
|04 Oct 2017||
NZ Super Fund takes stake in Australian beef stud
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has made its first offshore farm investment, taking a stake in Australian beef stud Palgrove for an undisclosed amount.
|29 Sep 2017||
Virginia Retirement System awards $150m farmland separate account
It is the first time the US pension fund has awarded a separate account for the asset class, although in February it announced it was investing $125m in International Farming Corporation’s US Farming Realty Trust III.
|26 Sep 2017||
Toda a terra será capturada?
A compra de áreas griladas brasileiras por um fundo dos professores de Nova York revela como as finanças globais estão submetendo a agricultura a sua lógica de ferro
|16 Sep 2017||
One hundred years later, reviving a ‘jewel’ deep in the jungle
An obscure company’s quest to rebuild a century-old business could lead to the British stock exchange.
|21 Aug 2017||
AreaOne Farms Fund III reaps harvest in $130 mln close
AreaOne Farms Fund III exceeded its target by signing up more limited partners, including three Canadian institutions — an endowment, an insurer and a pension fund
|11 Aug 2017||
Meet the S. Korean companies destroying Indonesia’s virgin rainforest
Subsidiaries of prominent South Korea’s conglomerates including POSCO and Samsung, plus South Korean-owned Indonesian conglomerate Korindo Group, have been cutting down primary forest to make way for oil palm plantations.
|25 Jul 2017||
Timber, agriculture cycles forcing firms to examine new avenues
Agriculture fundraising appears to be slowing. This year, three agriculture funds raised $500 million. By comparison, 13 agriculture funds raised $3.3 billion in 2016, which was down from the all-time high point in 2014 of $5.4 billion raised by 14 funds.
|15 Jun 2017||
The future of farmland (Parts 1 & 2)
As the farmland REIT sector grows, Sustainable Economies Law Center is busy researching and piloting alternative models of farmland ownership that prioritize racial equity, ecological sustainability, and long-term stewardship.
|30 May 2017||
Canadian pension giant backs Corrigan’s Webster
Legendary waterfront warrior Chris Corrigan could soon have one of the world’s top investors — Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board — as the main shareholder in his Australian listed agricultural company, Webster Limited.
|23 May 2017||
Danes give Chileans a helping hand in global pork marketplace
The Danish Agribusiness Fund and JB Equity will allow Coexca SA to double its current pork production capacity and establish a new and modern pig farm in the Maule Region of Chile
|16 May 2017||
U.S. farmland becoming a hot commodity as investors buy up acreage
"We're in the beginning stages of what could be a significant shift in land ownership," said Madeleine Fairbairn, who is investigatiing the impacts on farmers of institutional investment in U.S. farmland.
|11 May 2017||
Canada's PSP fund buys majority stake in Stahmann nut business
One of Canada’s biggest pension funds has teamed up with management of Australia’s largest pecan grower and processor, Stahmann Farms Enterprises.