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“We are going to do this. Whether it’s many industry superfunds, or just a few, it will occur”

Stephen Anthony, Industry Super Australia’s chief economist, tells delegates at our Australia Forum this week that a collective vehicle for ag investment will soon be established

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The $14.3bn pension was also an investor in the previous $893m iteration of the Paine Schwartz Food Chain Fund, which is seeking $1.2bn for the fifth vehicle in the series.

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Australian industry superfunds: ‘We will create a collective vehicle for ag’

Supers will create an equivalent of IFM for agriculture sometime ‘in the next few years,' Industry Super Australia’s chief economist told the Australia Forum in Melbourne.

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