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Who’s afraid of emerging markets?

Timber and ag investors seem more eager to travel to developing countries than peers in other asset classes. Why is that?

Why a Chinese investor is fast becoming France’s bête noire

A string of opaque land acquisitions has put the country’s farmers on edge. Should they be worried?

From plow to plug

At a time of mounting questions about the future of energy, UK farmers are becoming enthusiastic power producers. But they need more help.

How to get Australian supers to invest in their own backyard

Institutions from around the globe are looking to buy farms Down Under. Can the locals be convinced to do the same?

Timber investors are turning a leaf

Historical backers of the asset class, not least North American pensions, are seeking to hedge risks by redrawing their forestry strategy. But implementing new plans takes time.

Blunder Down Under

It’s not clear anyone will gain much from Australia’s latest tightening of foreign investment rules.

The sovereign wealth fund dilemma

State-backed vehicles have good reasons to invest in agriculture. Can they do it at scale without running into political hurdles?

Looking for lessons from a mammoth sale

CPPIB’s exit from its US farmland holdings, and the possibility that the buyer was connected to Bill Gates, could signal a change of tack among makers of the farmland market; but it also highlights a need for greater transparency.

Indian ag: fertile or futile?

The subcontinent’s middle class is not growing as fast as foreign companies would hope. But there are other reasons to invest in its agribusiness.

Upside Down Under

The level of institutional interest in Australian agriculture is nothing short of historic. Is it because of the market’s intrinsic attractiveness or the paucity of opportunities elsewhere?

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