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Despite the inherent risks global investors face when trying to tap into Asia’s agri-food sector, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to avoid the continent during the next decade.
Investment into areas such as agtech, aquaculture, controlled environment agriculture and sustainable proteins are expected to bear the biggest opportunities.
Green tea plantation, South Asia
Head of South Asia Srini Nagarajan says food and agri investments in the region have been ‘ignored substantially’ by private equity.
It’s too soon to know how institutional investors not directly invested in China’s pig farms will be affected, but no interested party can afford to take their eye off an outbreak that is expected to claim 55% of China's pig herd by year-end.
Managing partner Rich Gammill’s first-hand account describes the march of a disease that caught out China’s farmers and central government, and left a global supply gap that will impact all protein trade flows.
CEO Kevin Schwartz says the firm specifically targeted investors outside of its traditional base in the US and Europe, resulting in commitments coming in from institutions in China, Japan and the Middle East.
Following its disposal of 555,000 Michigan acres, Weyerhaeuser’s plans for similar properties in Maine could provide clues as to whether the sale marks a shift in species preference.
Research has found that the level of grain-fed beef exports from Australia could increase to more than 500,000 tonnes by 2030, due to rising demand from an increasingly wealthy middle class in China.
This year’s conference saw more LPs than ever before, as agriculture continues to grow as an asset class.
Sumitomo's Corporate Venture and Innovation Office will also explore investments in healthcare, environment, and information and communication technology.
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