En partenariat avec 17 organisations de Harvard et du monde entier, la Coalition Stop Harvard Land Grabs tente de mettre fin aux investissements réalisés par l’Université dans les ressources naturelles et exige des solutions régénératrices aux dommages causés par ces exploitations.
The Stop Harvard Land Grabs Coalition reiterated calls for the University to provide reparations to residents impacted by former holdings in Brazilian farmlands at an annual hybrid panel on Wednesday.
Over the last three years, Australia’s agriculture and farmland have been in high demand for institutional investors in Canada searching for diversification and sustainability.
- Asian Investor
15 Oct 2023
Local communities near Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) in Margibi County are seemingly winning a case of ‘land grab’ and ‘gross human rights violations’ brought against SRC; as its parent company, Bollore Group has been blacklisted by Switzerland’s largest public pension funds.
- Liberian Observer
28 Sep 2023
Financial players are moving aggressively to snatch up lands around the world with access to water for irrigation. Their strategy is to pump as much water as they can and as fast as they can into the production of crops that reap high prices in export markets.
A new report explains how Harvard University, pension fund TIAA and multinational agribusiness corporation Bunge are enabling illegal land grabs and increasing deforestation for soy production
The Swiss association of the largest public pension funds, has decided to exclude shares in the French group Bolloré SE. The exclusion is justified by “potential human rights violations in Liberia, Cambodia and Sierra Leone”.
To give a wider swath of investors access to farmland as an asset class, Nuveen Natural Capital is opening its Global Farmland Strategy to qualified retail investors through an evergreen private-market fund.
Through Macquarie Asset Management, PFJC will invest in farmland with various crops, such as wheat, beans, cotton and avocados on farmlands spread across eastern and western Australia.
- Asian Investor
14 Aug 2023
The state’s retirement system invested heavily in a private land deal that allowed a foreign company to effectively ship Arizona’s scarce water supply overseas.
For almost ten years, AP Pension has bought farms for DKK 700m (EUR 94m). Now, private equity fund Erhvervsinvest will take over the administration and ”develop” the portfolio.
Launched during the pandemic in mid-2020, Veripath Farmland Partners has already amassed a total of 115,000 acres under management in Canada.
Cargill is selling its $48.8 million poultry farm and processing plant in Anhui province to DCP Capital, a Beijing-based private equity firm with Singapore's GIC and Temasek as investors, and the Canadian pension fund CDPQ
After ten years, the Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe (ÄVWL) has withdrawn from highly problematic land purchases in Brazil through is investments in TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture LLC.
Farmland purchases by the Harvard endowment contributed to a climate of anxiety, fear, and strain on Brazilian subsistence farmers.
AP Pension’s agriculture investments more than doubled in net income, partly due to a higher land value. The pension firm has noticed an increased interest in land from other actors as well.
Banks, pension funds and insurers have been turning California's scarce water into enormous profits, leaving people with less to drink
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has acquired a majority stake in Mitolo Family Farms-- Australia’s largest potato producer and owner of one of the country's largest horticultural land aggregations.
WSIB has allocated a total of $400 million into a separate account with UBS Farmland Investors and a Homestead Capital USA Farmland Fund IV.
We should be concerned about the financialized logic promoted by investors and mega-farmers, which seeks to extract monetary value from every square inch of farmland.
- The Conversation
28 Feb 2023
One year into the war, a new report reveals how oligarchs and financial interests are expanding control over Ukraine’s agricultural land with help and financing from Western financial institutions.
- Oakland Institute
21 Feb 2023
The real threat to our food security, according to researchers, is broader corporate ownership and consolidation of American farmland — including by domestic investors.
With favourable global economic conditions, including current high commodity prices, and with Australia’s exchange rate at sub USD 0.70, big properties around Australia are changing hands with overseas investors buying in.
- Property Tribune
25 Jan 2023
The deal is the second $100 million-plus farming transaction involving offshore investors this year, highlighting the global appeal of prime Australian farmland.
Global agricultural investor Nuveen Natural Capital has joined a growing pool of institutional fund managers targeting Australia’s burgeoning macadamia sector, after buying one of the country’s largest orchards
A large Canadian pension fund which counts the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and defence force workers as members has acquired 35 vineyards in Australia from wine group Casella
We depend on land for food, shelter and work, it’s a cultural marker and a source of identity – but also a site of violence and anguish. It’s time for a reckoning.
- New Internationalist
24 Oct 2022
Activist groups and nearly 300 pension plan clients accuse TIAA of “systematic land acquisitions and land management linked to deforestation, illegality and human rights violations, including in the Brazilian Cerrado.”
Conversaciones con activistas de todo el mundo en mayo y junio de 2022, dejan en claro la necesidad de un movimiento político y social para sacar las pensiones de los mercados financieros, incluso para acaparar la tierra
Conversations held with activists from around the world in May and June webinars of 2022 make clear the need for a movement to take pensions out of financial markets - including land grabs!