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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.
LeftEast
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.
Weekly Times
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.”
ActionAid
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.
Mongabay
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.
Mozambique News
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.
Grain Central
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.
NBR
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.
Farm Online
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.
Mongabay
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.
NQR
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.
Maryknoll
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.
NZ Herald
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.
IPE
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
Outras Palavras
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.
Bloomberg
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
PE Hub Network
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.
Korea Expose
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.
P&I
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.
The SELC
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.
Australian
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
NPA
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.
UCSC
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.
The Land
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