Smart, less risk averse and focused on the long term, family offices have what it takes to help build agriculture into a mainstream asset class. But for it to happen, the circle needs to widen.
By making agriculture ventures more productive, the rise of autonomous mobility promises to open up the market in counter-intuitive ways.
With production soaring amid plateauing demand, ethanol prices are in for a global correction. Yet there are still investment opportunities left.
Market insiders warn of a bubble as the majors rush to build businesses capable of integrating data across the supply chain.
The duration factor is often left out of the discussion about risk and returns. Yet institutional investors’ taste for long-term assets explains why LPs exposed to infrastructure are now eying agriculture.
Poor safety standards at China’s mega-farms are threatening investors with a crisis. But the potential returns earned by improving meat production processes provide an opportunity of the same scale.
Institutional investors may soon be able to access the underserved mid-market via crowdfunding platforms.
Investors looking to integrate impact principles into their portfolios without foregoing performance ought to consider timber funds.
Crop price premiums and increasing demand for organic products make the proposition for transitioning conventional land promising. But buyers beware: due diligence is rigorous, the transition process is labor-intensive, and there are no guarantees.
Government-backed programs provide a safety net for private investment into developing nations, which will be crucial in addressing global hunger and driving returns as the asset class evolves.