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Forest, Pinus radiata, timber
The asset will be managed to pursue an impact-first approach and should be able to deliver competitive returns, says chief sustainability officer Brian Kernohan.
Farmland, tractor, row crops
Choosing to participate in a project that will increase productivity, fight climate change and deliver a return to investors is ‘a no-brainer’, says FarmTogether CEO Artem Milinchuk.
The firm is 'seriously considering' a distinct forestry vehicle that would target institutional investors, with its latest series of deals set to take it beyond £100m deployed into the asset class.
The blended-finance impact vehicle was initiated by the UN and has made five investments with underlying commodities such as cocoa, hazelnuts and timber.
Farmer hand holding a baby plant, farm
The vehicle will invest in 10 venture capital funds across food and ag, production and mobility in North America, Europe and Asia.
The British fund manager anticipates strong interest in the vehicle, which will combine returns from commercial forestry, carbon credits and asset appreciation.
Dairy cow, Germany
The bloc’s farm-to-fork strategy includes strong environmental targets, but simply creating organic supply will not be enough to sustainably reconfigure its food supply chain.
Seaweed farm, California
A funding round for Sea Forests, backed by MIRA, demonstrates that investors are keen to find ESG-positive investments in agriculture even if they carry risk.
Sheep industry ‘will not shy away’ from questions over sustainability as regular performance benchmarks will be established to monitor progress.
Several of the most talked-about topics feature in the five most popular stories from the first quarter of 2021.
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