Harvard’s exit from its New Zealand dairy investments comes amidst personnel changes and a refinement of its approach to natural resources.
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Neil Woods, portfolio manager for timber & agri at NZ Super – a significant investor in New Zealand’s agricultural sector – talks about the fund’s plans to diversify by investing outside New Zealand and beyond dairy.
The poultry producer’s Western Australian expansion will involve relocating existing facilities and selling 40 hectares of land in Wanneroo.
Fonterra Ventures Co-Lab is an open platform that will allow anyone to submit innovative ideas such as new business models, services or technologies.
The Canadian insurer has acquired the only timberland asset held by infrastructure fund manager Palisade.
The largest farmland REIT in the US will grow to about $2bn within three years, after which it will expand into Australia and Canada, according to its chief executive.
The firm’s newly appointed president Angie Davis says the firm sees a deep pipeline of opportunities in Brazil as it analyses opportunities in Latin America, Australia and New Zealand.
The fund, which has raised NZ$32m to date, will target agtech, agribusiness and food, but not farmland, according to Oriens Capital chief executive James Beale.
The bank has seen an increase in agriculture collective provision overlay this year due to depressed dairy markets, but has reduced the level of assets 90 days past due in Australia.
Olaf Huth was chief executive officer of HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt, a German subsidiary of the global bank.