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The firm’s first regional Australia-New Zealand fund will convert from a 10-year closed-end fund in a move that could be replicated in its other funds.
The Leading Harvest initiative was driven by a working group that included Nuveen/Westchester, Hancock Natural Resources Group and Cottonwood Ag Management, among others.
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The coronavirus-induced recession has prompted concerns the country could emulate New Zealand’s restrictive and lengthy approvals process in the long term.
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The vehicle will focus on healthy food and related supply chains – chief investment officer Ross Iverson said future efforts may broaden to include other elements of health and wellness.
The UN arm that tackles rural poverty and hunger amended its 42-year-old founding document in February 2019 so it can invest in private vehicles to enhance its scale and impact.
Mbuyu Capital Partners co-founder Michiel Timmerman says low or non-existent fees for co-investments in Africa feed demand for such deals among his pension fund and endowment clients.
With current annual output estimated at A$80m, a focus on increased processing capacity and investment in new plantations could lead to industry growth.
Homestead Capital Farmland Fund III had raised just over $400m by the end of 2019 and has a $600m target – the buy-and-lease strategy is expected to reach final close in June 2020.
Regulatory risk and climatic conditions are the culprits behind a drop in the value of water entitlements in the southern MDB, the first in four years.
Mitchell Presser says ongoing consolidation of supply chains and agriculture-focused technologies is likely to drive deal activity in the years to come.
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