|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|18 Aug 2014||
Czech farmland fund raises €6m
Český fond půdy hopes to make 2,000 individual land acquisitions a year.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.
|22 Apr 2014||
"Enormous potential" for agriculture funds
"You don't have to be a financial genius to sense an opportunity here."
|17 Apr 2014||
The land rush doesn't have to end in a poor deal for Africans
There are countless examples of governments handing it over at bargain prices to foreign investors, ranging from hedge funds to biofuel producers.
|01 Apr 2014||
New regulation to drive product innovation in fund management
A new survey of 223 asset managers, pension plans and pension consultants with combined assets of $13.4 trillion shows investor interest in farmland
|27 Mar 2014||
Macquarie adds to its holdings in WA farmland
Investment bank Macquarie Group is buying two farms in Australia's "wheatbelt" bringing its total holdings in Western Australia to 45,000 ha.
|26 Mar 2014||
Asian investors want $1bn farm deals but sector not ready
Foreign companies, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds are ready and willing to invest in the Australian farm sector, but many parts of the industry are still not investment-ready.
|08 Mar 2014||
Euro investors eyeing farms
There is growing interest from international investors in the New Zealand agricultural sector, particularly from wealthy Europeans, boutique funds manager Mint Asset Management says.
|05 Feb 2014||
The smokescreen of foreign ownership of farmland
Let us focus on the real issue that our legislators should be grasping: how do we keep farmers operating and attract farmers to own the land they work, and not become peasants on land rented from institutional investors, domestic or foreign.
|04 Feb 2014||
Sustainability is key in farmland
Pension funds try to adopt a sustainability perspective when investing in farmland abroad, but there is not much consensus on what it means and how to measure it.