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03 Nov 2014 Global appetite for agribusiness
Institutional investors are poised to make grabs for large farmland assets in ­Australia, according to local and ­offshore fund managers.
Financial Review
21 Oct 2014 AP2 targets tar sands, farmland for greater scrutiny
Swedish pension fund AP2 plans to conduct an external audit in response to criticism by Swedwatch for not disclosing the precise locations of its Brazilian farm holdings.
I&PE
20 Oct 2014 QAF exits Victorian dairy with sale to ACE Farming
Listed Singaporean company QAF, ­formerly known as Bunge, has sold out its last dairy farm in Australia to the European pension fund-backed ACE Farming for close to $5 million.
The Land
26 Sep 2014 How financialisation influences the dynamics in the food supply chain
Discussion paper for the workshop ‘Mapping the State of Play on the Global Food Landscape’ Waterloo, 25-27 September 2014.
SOMO
20 Sep 2014 Foreign investors get a taste for dairy industry
Australia's dairy industry is the new flavour of the month among foreign investors, with global pension funds, food companies and wealthy individuals turning their focus from New Zealand towards Victoria and Tasmania.
The Australian
09 Sep 2014 Africa an El Dorado for South Africa’s agribusiness giants
The ACB releases new report which shows the extent to which South African agribusinesses dominate the farm to fork agribusiness value chain in Africa-worth billions of dollars.
ACB
09 Sep 2014 Michigan pension fund to invest more in Australian nuts, livestock
Thousands of miles from pricey U.S. farmland, a Michigan pension fund is expanding its investments in Australian farms, betting on good returns from the comparatively cheaper assets and surging commodity prices.
Reuters
04 Sep 2014 Lufthansa helps establish $600m biofuel fund
German airline Lufthansa in talks with several investment firms about taking on management of a private equity fund that will invest into farmland in Cameroon and Eastern Europe to grow oil crops.
PEI
02 Sep 2014 AP Pension deploys half of farmland allocation
AP Pension, the €16 billion Danish pension fund, has now invested €40 million into local farms representing half of its farmland allocation for the year.
PEI
28 Aug 2014 AP1 eyes increased exposure to NZ dairy fund ahead of close
The Swedish pension fund is considering increasing its exposure to Southern Pastures, a New Zealand dairy farm fund, alongside six other investors including the New Mexico Education Retirement Board.
PEI
28 Aug 2014 AP2 invests $750m in TIAA-CREF II
Swedish pension fund AP Fonden 2 has invested $750 million to TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture II, confirming rumours that the pension was one of three foreign investors contributing to the vehicle’s $1.4 billion fundraise.
PEI
25 Aug 2014 Scandinavian fund's big dairy investment
A Scandanavian pension fund has poured $20 million into Australian dairy farms to help lift stagnant local milk production.
Stock & Land
22 Aug 2014 Teays River Investments to take loss on drought-struck California cropland sale to Gladstone
Teays River Investments, LLC, a big farmland and agribusiness investment company opted to sell two irrigated strawberry and vegetable cropland holdings, purchased just a few years ago, at a $650,000 loss.
Farmland Intelligencer
18 Aug 2014 TIAA-CREF secures $1.4bn for second farmland vehicle
US pension fund manager TIAA-CREF has secured $1.4bn for its second agriculture fund from three unnamed investors, according to a document filed with the SEC.
AltAssets
18 Aug 2014 Czech farmland fund raises €6m
Český fond půdy hopes to make 2,000 individual land acquisitions a year.
PEI
15 Aug 2014 Poll: family offices show greatest agri appetite
Some 33 percent of pollsters voted that family offices were showing the greatest appetite for the asset class, while 31 percent pointed to institutional investor demand.
PEI
12 Aug 2014 TIAA-CREF buying 31,000 acres of Florida cropland for $91.4 million as Alico exits sugarcane farming business
US pension fund manager TIAA-CREF, under pressure to put cash to work after having raised $2bn for TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture, agreed to purchase 12,528 ha of farmland in Florida.
Farmland Investor
11 Aug 2014 US fund continues WA farm spree
A US pension fund investor that flies under the radar has continued its spending spree on quality agricultural land in WA with the purchase of two farms in Grass Patch for about $9 million.
West Australian
04 Aug 2014 The ‘global’ land rush
Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, argues that the time has come for a more holistic discussion of land deals that places transfer of land in both the developed and developing worlds along the same continuous spectrum.
IPS
24 Jul 2014 White House to begin $10 billion farm investment fund
Wall Street is looking for ways to invest in America’s heartland, and the government is ready to play matchmaker.
NY Times
22 Jul 2014 Cash crops with dividends: Financiers transforming strawberries into securities
A small but growing group of sophisticated investors and bankers are combining crops and the soil they grow in into an asset class that ordinary investors can buy a piece of.
New York Times
22 Jul 2014 Swenson calls for review of farmland sale to CPP
The $128-million deal that saw Canada Pension Plan acquire 46,500 hectares of Saskatchewan farmland was "wrong, both legally and morally," says Rick Swenson, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan.
Star Phoenix
14 Jul 2014 Buyout firms look for cash cows in agricultural assets
According to data provider Preqin, there are 25 private equity funds targeting agriculture investments, with a total target of $1.1 billion.
Preqin
15 Jun 2014 African farming is the new frontier for brave investors
For private equity houses, pension funds and family offices, the sprawling farms of sub Saharan Africa are the new land of plenty.
Telegraph
12 Jun 2014 UK pension fund investments linked with land grabbing and risk
UK pensions funds and asset management companies potentially have up to £37 billion invested in ‘land grabs’ worldwide, according to a report published by Friends of the Earth.
Blue & Green
04 Jun 2014 Down on the farm
One industry leader estimates that $10 billion in institutional capital is looking for access to US farmland, but that number could easily rise as investors seek to ride out uncertain financial times by placing their money in the perceived safety of agriculture.
Oakland Institute
27 May 2014 Farmland meets finance: Is land the new economic bubble?
This report identifies broad trends in farmland investing with the potential to affect countries in the Global North and Global South
Food First
14 May 2014 Rabo Farm interview with IP Nederland
This year Rabo Farm's first fund, with a size of € 315 million, will be fully subscribed, and a new fund, the Rabo Farm Europe Fund II, will be launched.
Rabobank
28 Apr 2014 Banks face land grab claims in developing world
Australia’s major banks are funding large-scale illegal “land grabs” in the developing world and enabling illegal logging, child labour or other human rights abuses.
Sydney Morning Herald
22 Apr 2014 "Enormous potential" for agriculture funds
"You don't have to be a financial genius to sense an opportunity here."
Interactive Investor