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03 May 2017 New Zealand Super Fund eyes Aussie rural land and diversification away from dairy
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund, which has bought up 21 local dairy farms as part of its push into rural land investment, is looking outside the dairy sector for its next foray, eyeing land used for beef and permanent crops and expansion into Australia.
NBR
28 Apr 2017 CPPIB plans farmland retreat
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has decided against making further investments in farmland and is open to selling its existing portfolio, a shift in strategy after some local farmers voiced concerns.
Reuters
25 Apr 2017 TIAA campaign update: Momentum builds towards a land grab-free policy shift
Over 100,000 people, including thousands of TIAA holders, have taken action demanding that TIAA respect small farmers as part of a Campaign to Get TIAA Out of Forests and Farmland.
Grassroots
21 Apr 2017 Activists and clients tell TIAA to stop investments linked to deforestation and displacement of local farmers
A coalition of environmental, human rights and family farm organizations delivered a letter with over 100,000 signatures to pension fund management company TIAA, expressing concerns over the company’s investments in farmland and palm oil.
FOE US
21 Apr 2017 Protesters rally outside TIAA in New York to stop its farmland deals
Protesters paid a visit to TIAA’s New York headquarters Thursday, urging the firm to stop investing in farmland and companies with ties to palm oil.
Institutional Investor
11 Apr 2017 Navigating the complexities of investing in agriculture
While Canadian agriculture shows some promise, institutional investors have been active on the global front, particularly when it comes to farmland.
Benefits Canada
16 Feb 2017 Brazil pushes on with plan to open farmland sales to foreigners
Brazil says it is pushing ahead with plans to change the law and let foreigners buy farmland, in a move widely backed by investors and opposed by land rights campaigners.
Thompson Reuters Foundation
10 Feb 2017 AP Pension denies CEO quit over pressure to invest in farms
AP Pension, the Danish labour-market pensions provider, has hit out at media reports that its chief executive quit in December because of pressure from the supervisory board to invest in the agricultural sector.
I&PE
30 Jan 2017 Investors gain from rising Australian farm values and still more in the tank
Now and into 2017 agribusiness is being promoted as the next big thing, with increasing market activity, resulting in land and asset values accelerating at a greater rate towards a peak as local and international demand increases.
The Land
16 Jan 2017 Investors wake up to ag value
Canadian investors - particularly pension funds - have led the way in changing Australian city money attitudes to agriculture.
Farm Weekly
12 Jan 2017 Green Desert: Communities in Tanintharyi Renounce the MSPP Oil Palm Concession
This notorious palm oil industry has now expanded to Myanmar with devastating consequences for human rights and the environment
EIA
06 Jan 2017 How TIAA Funds Environmental Disaster in Latin America
Pension fund giant TIAA is investing its clients’ funds in farmland and agribusinesses tied to environmental and human rights abuses in Latin America.
Nacla
27 Nov 2016 American retirement funds contribute to deforestation and climate change
Friends of the Earth and As You Sow are circulating a letter to TIAA clients calling on the firm to disclose information about all of its investments in companies with farmland and palm oil operations, and to commit to a deforestation- and land grab-free investment policy.
Mongabay
21 Nov 2016 Super funds start to consider agriculture investments
The notorious reluctance of Australian superannuation funds to invest in agriculture because of perceptions it is too risky, volatile and low-return may be slowly changing, according to key farm and food industry players.
The Australian
14 Nov 2016 Fiera creating joint venture to expand alts portfolio
Montreal-based Fiera Capital Corp. is taking the next step in its aggressive expansion plans that include adding agriculture and private equity to its current asset class offerings.
P&I
03 Nov 2016 Pension funds fuel land grabs in Brazil
New animated video shows how a global farmland fund, managed by US financial giant TIAA-CREF, used a complex company structure to avoid restrictions on foreign investment in farmland in Brazil.
GRAIN
01 Nov 2016 Before you go and buy the farm
Bain & Company analysis has identiied four approaches that public companies are taking to invest in agriculture.
Bain & Co
30 Sep 2016 TIAA increases stake in joint venture with Cosan
TIAA pays R$1.1 billion to increase its stake in Radar Propriedades Agrícolas S.A, a joint-venture established in partnership with Cosan in 2008 which owns and manages rural properties in Brazil.
TIAA
04 Sep 2016 Australia's largest wheat grower sells to US Westchester
US giant TIAA's Westchester has purchased a major part of northern NSW cropping farm Milton Downs from Australia's biggest wheat grower Greentree Farming for a figure some estimate to be in the vicinity of $50 million.
AFR
02 Sep 2016 Milltrust Ag Investments advises and invests for institutional investors across the globe.
Milltrust has a 10 year, billion dollar program to establish farms in the southern hemisphere to produce rice, wheat, corn and barley, as well as new cash crops that will provide feedstock for animals.
Pulse
28 Jul 2016 US investors ploughing billions into palm oil, claims report
Friends of the Earth warns investors they could be unknowingly contributing to deforestation and land grabs, and calls on them to show leadership
Guardian
20 Jul 2016 Court rules that Brazilian businessman who sold lands to TIAA-CREF acquired lands illegally
A Brazilian businessman involved in the acquisition of farmland by US, Canadian, German and Swedish pension funds could face criminal charges for land grabbing.
Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos, GRAIN, Inter Pares, Solidarity Sweden-Latin America, FIAN and National Family Farm Coalition
16 Jul 2016 Land grabbing: Tactics used by European actors abroad
European Union (EU) corporate and financial entities involved in land grabbing may be implicated in a variety of human rights abuses.
WRM
23 Jun 2016 “Feed Africa” – AfDB develops strategy for Africa’s agricultural transformation
The Bank will itself invest US $24 billion and leverage additional investments through equity, quasi equity, debt and risk instruments to catalyze investments at scale from the private sector and with co-financing from traditional donors and new players.
AfDB
21 Jun 2016 International financial capital targets farmland in Brazil
Land speculation stimulates the expansion of plantations across Brazil, increasing land conflicts and displacement of campesino and Indigenous communities.
TeleSur
14 Jun 2016 Wall St. funds flirt with farmland
Wall Street remains enamored with US and international farmland, speakers at a Farm Foundation meeting in Louisville said last week.
Progressive Farmer
14 Jun 2016 The global farmland grab in 2016: how big, how bad?
Eight years after releasing its first report on land grabbing, GRAIN publishes a new dataset documenting nearly 500 cases of land grabbing around the world.
GRAIN
09 Jun 2016 Glencore sells agri stake to Canadian fund for $625 million
Glencore Plc agreed to sell just-under a 10 percent stake in its agriculture unit to Canada’s British Columbia Investment Management Corp. for $624.9 million in cash as it continues to cut debt.
Bloomberg
02 Jun 2016 US investors pour cash into $1bn agribusiness fund
Australian agricultural assets remain a major a drawcard for international investors with a string of mainly US-based investors funnelling hundreds of millions into a $1 billion fund established by the Queensland agribusiness investment firm, Laguna Bay Pastoral Company.
The Australian
16 May 2016 Australia's $1 billion beef boom funded by foreign investment and super
Australia's cattle station sector is set to reach more than $1 billion-worth of deals in less than a year, with the two biggest sources of investment being the controversial areas of foreign investment and superannuation.
AFR