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ACERA to make ag and timber pledges in effort to boost real assets

As it scouts the market for private infrastructure, timber and farmland funds, the $8.1bn pension has created a temporary allocation to invest in passive vehicles offering exposure to the same underlying assets.

FMO backs Paraguay ag bank with $15m loan

Alvaro Pino, investment officer at the Dutch development bank, tells Agri Investor that DFIs and impact investors remain the main source of capital for all but the largest participants in the South American nation’s agricultural economy.

Timber investment central to NZ Super Fund’s strong returns

New Zealand’s sovereign wealth fund has namechecked its 42% stake in Kaingaroa Timberlands as a strong performer in FY18.

WSIB ups farmland exposure with $250m commitment

The $129bn pension, which has backed Agriculture Capital and Homestead Capital among others in the past, is providing one-sixth of the dry powder sought by IFC's $1.5bn buy-and-lease vehicle.

Time for timberland managers to log out?

As the asset class grows ever more defensive, large investors seek to safeguard returns by squeezing out costs. But GPs still have good cards to play.

ATP branches out to drive performance

The $122bn Danish pension’s ‘infrastructure’ portfolio has more than doubled returns year-on-year. Here we zoom in on the timberland holdings that have helped push this growth.

Hassad Food sells Telopea Downs to Aussie family group

The Qatari-backed operator has offloaded the aggregation as it continues to break up its 104,000-hectare portfolio.

PSP joint venture buys Australian farms from Webster in $133m deal

The Canadian pension also becomes Webster’s largest shareholder as part of the transaction, acquiring a 19.15% stake in the company.

CalPERS’ water, climate and tech research to guide future ag investment

The $356bn California pension's director for sustainable investments discusses how its efforts to centralize ESG factors could shape its agriculture strategy.

Exclusive: CalSTRS looks to bolster ag portfolio with fresh commitments

The $224bn pension is considering capital injections into a fund and a separate account, as it seeks high single-digit returns from its nascent agriculture program, says director Paul Shantic.

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