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Stafford launches A$150m Australia-focused farmland fund

Stafford made its first farm acquisitions in the country in December, using a separate account, head of agriculture and food Jos Boeren told us.

NCREIF: Australian farmland continues to outperform US but drought begins to bite

Land Down Under achieved total annual returns of 12.75%, compared with 6.87% in the US, according to the Australian Farmland Index.

$300m LDN vehicle makes debut investment after first close

Fund manager Gautier Quéru says he hopes fundraising will accelerate in 2019 to enable the UN-backed Land Degradation Neutrality Fund.

Insight’s sustainable farmland fund gets Guernsey Green Fund certificate

Head of farmland Detlef Schoen believes self-certification will be a thing of the past, with large-scale investors increasingly wanting proof of funds’ environmental credentials.

Can the UK’s Clean Air Strategy improve the livestock sector?

The country’s drive to reduce ammonia emissions from livestock has had a positive reception from entrepreneurs and venture capitalists keen to introduce new technology to catalyze change.

Australia’s drought policy is of little benefit to investors

The Australian government’s interventions in the sector to subsidize farmers struggling with drought may ultimately do more harm than good.

Planfarm relaunches $250m agri fund amid ‘very strong’ season for WA wheat belt

Western Australian Farm Investment Fund is targeting 13.5% IRR but has received little interest from domestic superannuation funds.

Agriculture draws most investors among impact sectors

GIIN research director Abhilash Mudaliar tells Agri Investor the entry of mainstream investors into the impact segment is viewed largely positively, despite fears the label could be diluted.

Ag and water concerns contributed to Harvard overseer’s departure

Following her resignation last week, Kat Taylor tells Agri Investor that even as a member of the university’s second-highest governing body, she was unable to get a definitive picture of the $37bn endowment’s agriculture investments.

Tank half-empty for crop-based biofuels

‘Second-generation’ bioethanol has emerged stronger after the EU capped fuels produced from food crops and banned those made from palm oil. Market reactions were mixed.

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