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Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Editor, Agri Investor

(In)direct opportunities

Direct investing in agriculture appears to be picking up pace among institutional investors.

AP2 invests $750m in TIAA-CREF II – exclusive

The Swedish pension provider wants to increase its allocation to non-listed real estate, of which agri and timber are a part, to 15% over the long term.

TIAA-CREF II raises $1.4bn

The US pension and asset management firm is expected to raise $2bn for its second agriculture investment-focused LLC.
Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Editor, Agri Investor

Is TIAA-CREF’s approach a beacon or bad news?

The institutional investor’s penchant for establishing direct co-investment platforms may influence other investors to sidestep agri fund managers.
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IMRF ups agri exposure, hires new manager

The Illinois-based pension fund has transferred its agricultural investments account from Cozad/Westchester to the Hancock Natural Resource Group.

US farmland values not in a bubble, says TIAA-CREF

Strong demand and less leverage means there is no bubble in North American farmland values, according to John Goodreds, senior director, natural resources.

Correction: Mandala plans final close, offers hybrid investments

Mandala Capital is planning the final close of its 10-year Indian Agribusiness private equity fund in November this year.
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AgCap leases cropping land from Westchester

The land will be managed by the same team that handles similar land in the same part of Victoria, Australia for AgCAP, investment manager of the Sustainable Agriculture Fund.

TIAA-CREF’s Minaya offers advice

Jose Minaya, head of Natural Resources & Infrastructure Investments at TIAA-CREF, gives first-time investors advice and talks about the benefit of buy-and-lease farmland holdings.

Investors benefit from generational change

Farmers are increasingly looking for investment from institutions and family offices to finance generational changes in farm ownership, according to a recent study by Aquila Capital.
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