|08 May 2012||
Biggest Buffett targets seen spanning Deere to Henkel
Warren Buffett said yesterday that over the next 100 years, farmland will beat gold, which surged to a record in 2011 after increasing more than sixfold in the past decade.
|03 Apr 2013||
Asian palm-oil planters head to West Africa
Suitable land for palm-oil cultivation is running out in top producers Malaysia and Indonesia, which now account for about 85 percent of the global output. Wilmar is among several companies searching for land in West and Central Africa.
|12 Jun 2013||
Smithfield embodies China’s record hunger for farm assets
China is headed to spend a record this year on food assets and farms after a $32.7 billion splurge in the past five years and just $4.2 billion in the prior half-decade, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
|06 Nov 2012||
China buys Japan water rights on two-decade land price slump
A two-decade slump in Japan’s real estate prices, an incomplete land registry and lax rules on buying forest with water rights are attracting investors led by China.
|22 Oct 2013||
Sojitz invests in Brazil grain collector to boost Asia sales
Tokyo-based Sojitz says it will invest in Brazil's Cantagalo General Grains SA, which farms 150,000 hectares and collects 2 million metric tons of grains a year.
|07 Sep 2010||
Burry, predictor of mortgage collapse, bets on farmland, gold
Michael Burry, the former hedge-fund manager who predicted the US housing market’s plunge, said he is investing in farmland. “I believe that agriculture land -- productive agricultural land with water on site -- will be very valuable in the future.”
|24 Sep 2019||
Harvard was ‘freaking out’: How a $270 million Brazil bet tanked
Auditors wrote down the value of Harvard's Brazil farm project by about $200 million after the endowment decided to exit the development in 2017, according to documents filed in a lawsuit.
|15 Jan 2013||
Hidden billionaire milking Saudi dairy fortune in desert
Almarai’s ownership of dairies, processing plants and a distribution system makes it more profitable than its peers. The operation’s earnings before interest and taxes margin is at least 30 percent bigger than Danone, Nestle and Savola.
|14 Jun 2012||
Soros-backed farms ripe for bid at 36% discount: Real M&A
Adecoagro, the agricultural company that counts George Soros as its biggest investor, is giving potential buyers the chance to get a hold of farms in Brazil and Argentina at a 36 percent discount to its net assets.
|05 Oct 2011||
Morgan bet farm in Ukraine before bailout
Bloomberg's Alan Katz reports on Morgan Stanley's farming venture on the steppes of Ukraine which it abandoned in July 2009. The failed gamble demonstrates how Wall Street firms, in the last gasp of a debt-fueled bull market, strayed further from their traditional businesses to embrace diverse projects with unfamiliar risks.
|05 Dec 2014||
Japan’s Itochu and CP Group said in talks to invest in Citic
Talks with CITIC follow July agreement on business alliance between Itochu, Japan’s third-largest trading company, and the CP Group in an attempt to expand food supply in the world’s most populous region.
|13 Aug 2014||
Millionaires dig dirt as Czech farm boom spawns fund
Farmland ranked as the most attractive investment in a survey of 197 Czech and Slovak millionaires.
|08 Aug 2013||
Goodman dumps banks for beef to beat inflation
Canadian billionaire Ned Goodman holds an 83% stake in Blue Goose Capital Corp. – the largest organic beef operator in North America that produces not only organic beef, but poultry and fish as well.
|18 Sep 2012||
Mendillo returns to farms as Harvard vies for Ivy rebound
Since Jane Mendillo took over the endowment in July 2008, Harvard’s holdings of forests, farms and other natural resources in Brazil as well as in New Zealand and Romania have grown to about 10 percent of the portfolio -- more than $3 billion -- and she wants to add more.
|16 Jun 2011||
Ukraine should not sell farmland to foreigners, Minister says
Ukraine should not sell farmland to foreigners so local producers can improve agricultural output says Agriculture Minister Mykola Prysyazhnyuk.
|02 Feb 2010||
Mother Earth's Jansen sees risk of 'land grab' in Africa: video
Roland Jansen, chief executive officer of Mother Earth Investments AG, talks about the outlook for the global farmland market.
|22 Sep 2014||
Mitsubishi bids $1.4 billion for Cermaq to expand in food
Mitsubishi Corp., Japan’s biggest trading house, proposed to buy the Norwegian fishery Cermaq ASA for $1.4 billion to expand its foods business and become the world’s second-largest salmon farmer.
|11 Dec 2013||
Colombian rebels seen blocking farmland overhaul
Bloomberg reports that a Colombian government plan to help Cargill and other investors acquire farmland was possibly killed by the FARC, meeting with officials for peace talks 1,400 miles away in Havana.
|21 Jul 2013||
Sifca to invest $417 million in West Africa palm-oil expansion
Sifca Group, which owns Africa’s biggest palm-oil refinery located in Ivory Coast, said it plans to spend $417 million in the next five years on plantations and factories in Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia.
|23 Jun 2013||
Malaysia declares emergency in haze areas as Singapore improves
Singapore yesterday sought “strong, firm, effective” action against Singaporean companies that may be involved in illegal burning in Indonesia that led to the city-state’s worst pollution on record.
|29 Aug 2012||
Colombia land grab by billionaires risks pledge
New law for land restitution comes just as foreign and local billionaires such as Brazil’s Eike Batista and Colombia’s Luis Carlos Sarmiento are stepping up investments in remote parts of the nation.
|13 Feb 2012||
Felda targets $6.9B market value in Malaysia
Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd., Malaysia’s biggest plantation operator, with a landbank of 880,000 ha, aims to file documents this week for the nation’s biggest initial share sale in more than a year
|21 Oct 2011||
Cofco seeks acquisitions to ‘balance’ China’s food demand
Cofco Ltd., China’s largest grains trader, said it is seeking overseas acquisitions to help secure supplies of commodities including soybeans, wheat and sugar as rising domestic incomes spur faster food demand growth.
|24 Oct 2010||
India billionaires go on buying spree in 'last frontier' Africa
“I got in on the ground floor, others got in on the second floor, but there’s a lot of floors left to go in Africa’s economic cycle,” says farmland investor Sai Karuturi.
|01 Oct 2014||
Richest African Dangote says Dubai deals may be billions
Investment Corp. of Dubai in tie-up with Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote that "could run into billions of dollars" and involves ventures in agriculture.
|06 Dec 2012||
Bloomberg Hedge Fund Summit 2012: Commodities with Ospraie’s Anderson
Ospraie Management, the famous commodities hedge fund, is still long on farmland because it has actual cash flow. Many pension funds are now buying farmlands, reports Bloomberg.
|08 Nov 2012||
Canada’s new corn belt attracts hot money to bargain farmland
“Every day I field calls from potential investors, from pension funds, from family businesses that want to buy” from inside and outside Canada, said Doug Emsley, president of Assiniboia Capital Corp.
|04 Nov 2012||
Colombia seeks to regulate foreigners’ land acquisitions: Tiempo
Colombia’s executive branch will send a bill to Congress regulating foreigners’ farmland acquisitions, El Tiempo said, citing an interview with Agriculture Minister Juan Camilo Restrepo.
|30 Jan 2012||
Australia selling the farm as 20% price slump lures influx of global funds
An influx of foreign funds seeking Australian farmland has pushed lawmakers to consider legislation that would increase scrutiny of overseas purchases after foreign ownership of land almost doubled since 1984.
|06 Oct 2011||
Farmland seen returning up to 12% by $469 billion fund manager
Farmland investments may return 8 percent to 12 percent annually as global food demand increases, said the largest US pensions manager for teachers and academic researchers with $469 billion of assets.