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Demand for ‘niche’ real assets boosts ag and timber

LPs' drive for diversification within real assets and a functional approach to portfolio construction means the asset class is no longer 'uncharted,' says bfinance.

Aberdeen eyes agri through fund of funds run by former FLAG team

Homestead Capital is among the firms that have received commitments from the vehicle, which has raised at least $268m towards its $300m goal.

PSP natural resources chief becomes CEO after boosting ag imprint

Under Neil Cunningham's tenure, timber and agri have grown to represent nearly 90% of the Canadian pension's $3bn natural resources portfolio.

The sovereign wealth fund dilemma

State-backed vehicles have good reasons to invest in agriculture. Can they do it at scale without running into political hurdles?

Macquarie hires former CPPIB ag chief

Angus Selby will be tasked with sourcing investments in the Northern Hemisphere alongside Charles Newton, ex-principal of the Canadian pension, who is also joining the firm.

Institutional appetite for agri at ‘inflection point’

Park Madison Partners, a specialist in raising real estate capital, describes farmland as the 'least penetrated and underdeveloped' property sector, with potential productivity gains and attractive yield.

Agri has become overwhelmingly private

Nearly 90% of assets held by funds are now unlisted, with the notable entry of sovereign wealth funds targeting the entire value chain.

University foundation aims to stoke recovery in farmland donations

University of Illinois Foundation chief investment officer Ellen Ellison tells Agri Investor of hopes donated farmland can constitute part of a 'barbell' ag portfolio complimented by agribusiness investments drawing on the wider institutions’ industry expertise.

Enviva teams up with John Hancock to target Asia, Europe

The Riverstone-backed wood pellets supplier has entered into its third joint venture with the life insurer as it looks to serve growing overseas demand.

PSP teams up with Blue Sky for Australian real assets

The pension will work with the fund manager to deploy capital across the country with a long-term view.

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