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07 Mar 2016 We want our super fund to invest in S Kidman & Co: industry and retail members
Pressure is mounting on Australia's superannuation funds to invest in agricultural land as investors protest about the industry's decision not to try and buy Australia's largest landholder S Kidman & Co.
Financial Review
01 Mar 2016 The great land rush
FT correspondents report on the global race for land from Ethiopia, Myanmar and Indonesia.
Financial Times
01 Mar 2016 Australia deputy PM urges local investment in agriculture to meet strong Asia demand
Australia's deputy prime minister on Tuesday urged the country's A$1.8 trillion (US$1.3 trillion) pension fund industry to boost its investment in agriculture as the sector gears up to meet strong demand from Asia.
Reuters
03 Feb 2016 TIAA-CREF Asset Management to create global real assets division
The new division will include the firm’s global real estate, agriculture, timber, infrastructure and energy teams, as well as its subsidiaries, such as the Westchester Group Investment Management and GreenWood Resources.
TIAA-CREF
06 Jan 2016 Canadian Mounties buy Oxford dairy farms
The sale of two New Zealand dairy farms to a Canadian government pension fund has been approved by the Overseas Investment Office.
Stuff
23 Nov 2015 Australia: ACE milks $8m Vic dairy deal
European pension fund-backed ACE Farming has quietly snapped up a dairy farm near Yarram, in South Gippsland, primed for development opportunity for about $8 million.
Queensland Country Life
18 Nov 2015 This socially responsible pension fund invested in Brazilian farms seized by violent land grabbers
An American investment giant that manages multi-billion-dollar pension funds in the United States, Canada, and Sweden faces allegations that it has circumvented Brazilian laws on foreign acquisition of farmland
VICE
17 Nov 2015 U.S. pension fund under pressure to go public with Brazil land deals
A U.S. investment firm that manages U.S., Canadian and Swedish pension funds came under pressure on Tuesday to give locations of its land investments in Brazil as coalition of campaign groups voiced concerns about the impact on local farmers.
Reuters
17 Nov 2015 Fondos de pensiones y el acaparamiento de tierras en Brasil
El informe, “Fondos de pensiones extranjeros y el acaparamiento de tierras en Brasil”, es el resultado de una investigación en terreno realizada por Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos, GRAIN, Inter Pares y Solidaridad Suecia-América Latina.
GRAIN
17 Nov 2015 TIAA-CREF, U.S. investment giant, accused of land grabs in Brazil
The American financial group and its partners amassed vast new holdings of farmland despite a move by Brazil’s government in 2010 to effectively ban such large-scale deals by foreigners.
NY Times
16 Nov 2015 Fonds de pension étrangers et accaparement des terres au Brésil
Une société new-yorkaise chargée de la gestion de l'épargne-retraite des travailleurs en Suède, aux États-Unis et au Canada se soustrait aux lois brésiliennes sur les investissements étrangers pour acquérir des terres agricoles
GRAIN
16 Nov 2015 Foreign pension funds and land grabbing in Brazil
A New York company managing the retirement savings of workers in Sweden, the US and Canada is evading Brazilian laws on foreign investment to acquire farmlands from a businessman accused of violently displacing local communities.
GRAIN
12 Nov 2015 Land grab conference in Quebec
Land grabs and the speculation in land acquisitions are a growing reality globally. These trends were the focus of a one-day conference near Montreal yesterday looking into the evolution and effect on farmers in the province of Quebec.
Radio Canada
12 Nov 2015 Rabobank raids rural Romania
A small and poor village in Romania has become the focus of a story involving land grabbing by foreign-owned multinationals and mafia-style corruption.
DW
02 Nov 2015 Westchester Group on the hunt for more farms
Global agricultural investor the Westchester Group, owned by pension fund manager TIAA-CREF, is on the hunt to buy farms in New Zealand, after focusing its investment attention for the past 25 years on agriculture in the US, Australia and Brazil.
The Australian
19 Oct 2015 Farmland assets grow 33%; timber assets also climb
Pension fund manager TIAA-CREF's farmland assets grew by 56% to $7.8 billion in committed assets.
P&I
06 Oct 2015 Glencore in talks to sell farms in Australia
Debt-burdened Glencore has entered early discussions with a number of sovereign wealth funds and commodities traders as it moves to offload the more than 30,000ha of cropping land across NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
Glencore
29 Sep 2015 Private equity managers back new firm to take stakes in real assets managers
George Soros participates in $500 million capitalisation of new firm, Tunbridge Partners, that will invest in "real assets" in timber and agriculture.
P&I
21 Sep 2015 Uruguay farms raise record funds after land prices jump 11-fold
Uruguayan farm operators are raising a record amount of funds in the securities market after a boom in prices for the country’s farmland.
Bloomberg
15 Sep 2015 Wall Street investors buying up farmland
Investors have turned to farmland as part of a sweeping push into physical assets — everything from lumber, hotels and apartments to parking meters, bridges and highways.
DesMoines Register
07 Sep 2015 Private equity plows into new territory with move to agribusiness
Private equity and venture capital firms are going down to the farm, moving into the agribusiness and agriculture technology sectors in a big way.
Pensions & Investments
31 Aug 2015 Kingfisher locks in gains as funding hits triggers
Last year trustees added a global farmland fund managed by Insight Investment Management to the Kingfisher pension scheme.
Pensions Expert
25 Aug 2015 Farmland investment platform to offer rare returns data for investors, farmers
Map Of Agriculture says it is well positioned to serve the comparative farming system benchmarking needs of farmland investors.
Agfunder News
21 Aug 2015 Super fund's $150m farm buy
First State Super follows US and Canadian super funds with major investment in Australian almond plantations.
Farm Weekly
20 Aug 2015 Agriculture investing: growing fields of green
A substantial payout could be in store for private equity firms willing to take on the risk and plough capital into the farming business.
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18 Aug 2015 Norway’s wealth fund expels POSCO, Daewoo Int’l over palm oil holdings
Norway’s central bank is divesting the country’s $870 billion pension fund of its holdings in four Asian multinationals for palm oil in Southeast Asia. POSCO and Daewoo were excluded for the activities in Merauke, Indonesia’s Papua province.
Mongabay
10 Aug 2015 Australia: Canada cracks almond deal
The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board has bought Macquarie Group's owned and operated almond properties in the Sunraysia district of north-west Victoria for more than $115 million.
Financial Review
06 Aug 2015 Beef, big bucks and buy-ups: are Chinese investors changing the face of Australia?
Chinese company's takeover of Australian farmland and firms draws mixed reaction from Australia ministers.
Guardian
04 Aug 2015 TIAA-CREF Global Agri II holds final close
TIAA-CREF has closed its second global agriculture fund, TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture II, on $3 billion, exceeding its $2.5 billion target. The fund had raised $1.7 billion by mid-June.
Agri Investor
04 Aug 2015 AP2, EAPF back $3bn TIAA-CREF global agriculture fund
Sweden’s AP2 and UK local authority funds are among the backers of a new $3bn global agriculture fund.
IPE