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Chris Janiec is Americas Editor at Agri Investor. Based in New York, Janiec coordinates coverage of private investment into global food and agriculture with colleagues in London. Previously, Janiec covered non-bank capital markets for PEI’s Private Debt Investor, taught international relations and US foreign policy at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing and worked as an analyst of petroleum and shipping markets in New York.
Manulife sustainability head Brian Kernohan says plans mentioned in a recent TCFD-aligned report are at a ‘very exploratory’ stage but could involve marketing the asset class ‘specifically for the purposes of mitigating climate change.’
Land Report editor Eric O’Keefe told Peoples Company’s Land Investment Expo the couple’s 240,000-acre farmland portfolio reflects a commitment to agriculture that will ‘change the way America farms.’
Martin Davies says traditional landlord/tenant relationships may need to evolve to access a group of ag-related natural capital markets the firm feels a ‘moral obligation’ to help develop.
State investment officer Steve Sikes says the ‘difficult decision’ will result in the transfer of farmland and timber assets into existing accounts managed by UBS and TIR, respectively.
Managing director Bill Reiman says covid-19 disruption delayed deal closures but increasing farmer interest in sale/leaseback helped the firm match its 2019 capital spend.
Chief investment officer Sanjeev Krishnan says recent developments in controlled environment ag evoke earlier stages of renewable energy markets.
Partner Marc Stoneham says Ivory Coast will be the first focus of a growth effort that will initially target regional expansion before pushing into the rest of the continent.
The year ahead will see strengthening focus on reducing emissions across the economy continue to feed LP interest in agriculture.
US Flag, barn, farmland
The year ahead will likely see US agricultural policy debate be subject to continued lack of consensus within and between political parties, as they attempt to navigate a new political environment.
Dave Chen says the pause on fundraising for the firm’s $300m follow-up to its $184m debut wastewater vehicle comes as investors display growing interest in renewable natural gas.
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