News & Analysis

Engulfing agri

At a time when most Middle Eastern sovereigns are already hungry for farmland deals, geopolitical tensions are pushing Qatar’s state-backed fund into an even greater acquisitive mode. Should other investors fear the competition?

The US’s most productive farmland is shrinking

Tracts of agricultural land are being lost to urban development, says the American Farmland Trust. We canvassed the market to understand what investors can gain from targeting assets covered by conservation easements.

Qatar SWF goes shopping for farms abroad as blockade bites

The ag subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority, which already owns chunks of farmland in Australia, plans to invest $500m in Sudan by 2021. We take a look at the unit’s current holdings overseas.

Blue Sky opens books to Australian regulator as shares hit new low

The asset manager told the ASX today it had received a section 33 notice from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

DOWNLOAD: Banking on public bucks

For farmers in search of funding, every little helps – and when it comes to government support, it’s not so little. In this interactive presentation, we look at the most generous countries, the crops that benefit and conditionality attached to public money.

New global ag index welcomed but Australian figures questioned

Investors believe the Duxton Global Agricultural Property Index could help improve agriculture's credibility as an asset class, but doubt has been cast over its low recorded returns for Australia.

Pontifax participates in $110m funding round in ninth deal from debut fund

Precision BioSciences will use the capital raised to extend its gene-editing technology from human therapeutics to the agri-food industry.

NZ Super Fund interim boss steps up to permanent CEO

Matt Whineray, who has been with the vehicle since 2008, will take the helm of the $26.3bn fund on July 1.

Victoria land registry down to two bidders as CK Infra pulls out

A Cbus-First State Super partnership will take on a MIRA-Sunsuper bid for the state’s land title business.

Upsizing Oz

Getting more large-scale assets to market would help address one obstacle to greater superfund investment in Australian agriculture. But it is no silver bullet.

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