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11 May 2021 The global farmland grab goes green
Carbon credits and net-zero pledges are fuelling a new round of farmland buying by billionaires and pension funds that will undermine real climate action.
GRAIN
28 Apr 2021 University of Iowa faculty rebuke farmland investors for fueling land grabs and corporate takeover of agriculture
The University of Iowa Faculty Senate voted 42 to 7 to pass a resolution calling on the university to hold the financial services provider TIAA accountable for its investments in global farmland.
ActionAidUSA
19 Apr 2021 RDC – Des fonds de pension et de dotation internationaux impliqués dans les abus du secteur de l’huile de palme
Un nouveau rapport du Oakland Institute dénonce le financement par plusieurs fondations, fonds de pension et trusts internationaux d’une société de plantations de palmiers à huile en RDC
Mongabay
19 Apr 2021 Warakirri to raise $500 million for new fund
Australian farmland is an appealing asset class to Canadian-backed investment group, Warakirri Asset Management, with the firm having launched a new fund which expects to raise $500 million.
The Land
13 Apr 2021 Australia: Unnamed European pension fund backs Warakirri farmland fund
An unnamed European pension fund has become the cornerstone investor in the just-launched, close-ended Warakirri Farmland Fund, which aims to raise up to €320m in equity.
IPE
06 Apr 2021 Case study casts doubt over ESG claims of Canadian pension fund PSP’s major agriculture investment on Maui
Report finds the Canadian based pension plan is not living up to its own environmental, social responsibility, and corporate governance principles, resulting in adverse impacts on Maui’s environment and residents.
Responsible Markets
06 Apr 2021 State pension money invested in ‘questionable’ Congo palm oil company
The South African Government Employees Pension Fund and the country's Public Investment Corporation are invested in a Congolese palm oil business linked to past human rights abuses and land expropriation.
Sunday Times
06 Apr 2021 PostNL pension fund makes farmland allocation over returns, SDGs
A first €20m has already been invested in olive orchards in Portugal, with possible investments in Danish organic vegetable farming, American potatoes, barley and wheat as well as kiwi fruit in New Zealand.
IPE
30 Mar 2021 Key Cerrado deforesters in 2020 linked to the clearing of more than 110,000 hectares
A new report by Chain Reaction Research presents data on specific actors linked to Cerrado deforestation in 2020, including the quantified risk exposure of the largest soy traders, meatpackers, and retailers.
CRR
24 Mar 2021 RDC : Le nouveau rapport de l’Oakland Institute dévoile les investisseurs finançant les plantations de palmiers à huile de PHC
«Ces investisseurs sont directement responsables des vols de terres et des violations des droits de l’homme perpétrés contre les communautés locales,» selon Frédéric Mousseau
Vivafrik
23 Mar 2021 Stop TIAA’s corporate investment in land grabs that foster displacement and threaten biological and ecological destruction.
Resolution adopted by the Professional Staff Congress, a union that represents 30,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York and the CUNY Research Foundation.
PSC-CUNY
22 Mar 2021 Pension and endowment funds linked to conflict-plagued oil palm in DRC
A new report from the Oakland Institute, reveals that several well-known pension funds, trusts and endowments are invested in a group of oil palm plantations in the Democratic Republic of Congo accused of environmental and human rights abuses.
Mongabay
21 Mar 2021 University assembly resolution to encourage TIAA divestment from fossil fuels
Resolution by Cornell's University Assembly also calls on its main pension fund supplier to divest from agribusiness companies associated with deforestation, indigenous rights violations, and severe climate impacts.
Cornell Daily Sun
18 Mar 2021 In King Leopold’s steps: The investors bankrolling the PHC oil palm plantations in the Democratic Republic of Congo
As community efforts to reclaim 100,000 hectares of their ancestral land are met with violent repression, unlawful arrests, and murder, a report unveils the names of the new investors financing the plantations in the DRC.
Oakland Institute
16 Mar 2021 Un nouveau rapport expose les investisseurs qui financent le vol de terres et les violations des droits humains en République démocratique du Congo
Alors que les efforts de la communauté pour récupérer 100 000 hectares de leurs terres ancestrales, initialement saisies il y a plus d'un siècle pour des plantations de palmiers à huile, sont confrontés à une répression violente, des arrestations illégales et des meurtres, un nouveau rapport de l'Oakland Institute dévoile les noms des investisseurs finançant les plantations en RDC.
Oakland Institute
04 Feb 2021 Trader Cargill, pension fund TIAA linked to land grabs in Brazil’s Cerrado
Global commodities giant Cargill continues to buy soybeans from a farm in Brazil that cultivates on illegally acquired and deforested land, including lands acquired by US teachers’ pension fund TIAA.
Mongabay
18 Jan 2021 Bill Gates: America’s top farmland owner
The co-founder of Microsoft and his wife rank as the largest private farmland owners in the US, with over 242,000 acres across the country.
Land Report
17 Dec 2020 TIAA and Harvard’s Brazilian farm deals judged illegal
Brazil's land agency and a state court have determined that pension fund manager TIAA and Harvard University’s endowment fund illegally acquired hundreds of thousands of hectares of farmlands in Brazil’s ecologically sensitive Cerrado region.
AATR, Rede Social, GRAIN
17 Dec 2020 US pension fund TIAA embroiled in Brazil land-purchase probe
A top US retirement fund and a major sugar producer have found themselves embroiled in a probe into possible breaches of land-purchase rules in agricultural superpower Brazil.
Bloomberg
20 Nov 2020 Ferguson, up for Treasury Secretary, leaves a legacy of misleading claims to social responsibility
New report reveals finance firm TIAA initiated unprecedented global farmland investments under CEO Roger Ferguson Jr., while undermining human rights standards.
ActionAid & FOE
18 Nov 2020 New Eur100m fund launched targeting sustainable ag and forestry in the Baltic and CEE regions
The fund’s initial offering has raised EUR32.45 million to-date from private investors to back sustainably-managed agricultural land and forests in the Baltic Sea region and Central and Eastern Europe.
GAI
18 Nov 2020 Faculty request transparency and sustainability for TIAA farmland investments
University of Iowa faculty members write that major collegiate employee retirement savings manager must divest from socially irresponsible farming pension fund investments and be transparent in doing so.
Daily Iowan
17 Nov 2020 Why Africa is the next destination for food and ag investment, and why it will be driven by domestic investors
Sahel Capital’s portfolio companies in Africa have cumulative 16,000 hectares of commercial farmland and aggregate additional crop from over 9,000 smallholder farmers.
GAI
14 Nov 2020 Diversification critical for pension funds, as NSSA considers agric value chains
Zimbabwe's National Social Security Authority says it will begin to shift some of its investments to agriculture value chains such as maize, wheat, soya and export crops such as macadamia and blue berries.
Zimbabwe Daily
01 Nov 2020 Farmers buy back Riverina holding from US fund
American pension fund giant TIAA sold its Southern Riverina farming aggregation between Wagga Wagga and Albury in southern NSW to local Australian farmers after more than a decade of ownership.
AFR
24 Sep 2020 Palm oil labour abuses linkeds to the world's top brands, banks
An Associated Press investigation found poor conditions of millions of laborers from some of the poorest corners of Asia across palm oil plantation in Malaysia and Indonesia, many of them enduring various forms of exploitation, with the most serious abuses including child labor, outright slavery and allegations of rape.
AP
16 Sep 2020 Illinois SURS makes first farmland commitment, allocating $60M to Homestead Capital USA Farmland Fund III
This investment marks the US pension’s first investment in farmland, and in its first in Homestead.
GAI
09 Sep 2020 Orange County redeems investment from UBS AgriVest Farmland Fund
The pension fund is reducing its allocation to real assets from 22% to 17% as it moves its agriculture allocation to zero.
IPE
25 Aug 2020 Farmland piques global investor interest amid pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic and a general trend towards ESG investing are pushing more institutional investors, particularly pension funds, to look more closely at farmland investments.
The Asset
14 Aug 2020 Harvard-controlled LLC in $120+ million deal with anonymous LLC connected with Canadian pension fund.
Two Harvard-controlled LLCs have deeded over 7,104.74 acres of land in northern San Luis Obispo County, California for an estimated $120.14 million (based upon $132,159 paid in county real estate transfer taxes.)
WII