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Pushback against early movers in the water markets, and the strategies they adopt to overcome it, will shape the pathway for any investors that choose to follow.
The separate account’s buy-and-lease strategy was trialed by the GP in 2019 and involves a flex lease arrangement that is conducive to organic farming.
Corn field, aerial view, farmland
Rabo AgriFinance vice-president Cristian Barcan says carbon credits themselves could be a precursor to credits in other areas such as biodiversity, water and soil health.
WAM has operated legally within the confines of Colorado’s water speculation laws, but public concerns have resulted in a work group considering the need for ‘investment water speculation’ laws.
The Swedish pension has roughly $1bn in total forestry investments, around 80 percent of which is through direct and co-investment structures.
The $11.6bn pension’s chief investment officer Carlos Borromeo says the two firms were selected from a list of seven in a search to fill a farmland allocation added for diversification.
Agriculture accounts for almost 20% of the $3.9bn pension’s real return portfolio, of which timber’s share is 2%.
Managing director Daniel Sachs says Monta Vista Farming Company forms the beginning of a vertical strategy focused on the midstream of the almond supply chain.
Vertical farm
The combined company has two facilities in the US with a further five to follow, along with &ever’s established presence in Germany, Singapore and Kuwait.
Mahi Pono says it will soon file an environmental impact statement related to East Maui Irrigation Company’s Sierra Club-challenged stream diversions.

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