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Should you invest in a food infrastructure fund?

Mark Fischer of Australia’s Qualitas says institutions are increasingly keen on ‘crossover investments’ spanning ag, real estate and infrastructure. Agri Investor examines the firm’s latest fund, currently in market with a A$204m target.

Farmland Partners expects up to $40m in asset sales in coming year

Chief executive Paul Pittman is adamant the REIT should remain a public company and suggested a final decision on whether to restructure would come within about two years.

LandFund reaches $12m first close amid institutional run towards the Mississippi River Valley

A broker active in the region that is LandFund’s focus tells Agri Investor high-quality farmland there is current priced at between $5,500 and $6,000 per acre.

Area One launches two funds

Co-founder and president Joelle Faulkner explains to Agri Investor that she supports the ownership restrictions that necessitate distinct vehicles for partially and entirely Canadian pools of capital.

€120m AfricInvest venture fund to back agtech startups

The vehicle targets family offices, DFIs, corporates and foundations as it eyes a first close by the end of the year, VC chief Selma Ribica tells Agri Investor.

Dallas pension unwinds ag program amid separate-account mismatch

Dallas Police and Fire Pension System investment manager Ryan Wagner tells Agri Investor that an ongoing review at the $2.1bn pension includes examination of fund structures most appropriate for an agricultural investor of its size.

FMO impact loan fund reaches $250m first close

European pensions are more comfortable with debt than equity when investing in the developing world, the Dutch institution's investment management chief tells us.

European, North American LPs push Gunn’s cattle fund to final close

Two execs at the firm, which hopes to reach A$200m in AUM upon full deployment, say Canadian pensions are entering Australia ‘en masse and in a simultaneous fashion.’

Paine Schwartz adds ex-Monsanto exec as operating director

Rick Greubel joins the food and agribusiness-focused firm while it continues to develop its $300m-$400m earlier-stage vehicle.

Amundi ag-focused equity fund eyes institutional follow-on

The Food for Generations fund looks to beat the MSCI World Index by backing a portfolio of public companies with minimal exposure to ag production cycles, says portfolio manager Stéphane Soussan.

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