Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New Farmland Investment Fund "The Future of Institutional Investing" - Institutional Investor Magazine

Andra AP-fonden
Swedish farmland fund investor AP2
We recently came across a very interesting article in the magazine Institutional Investor.  The article, written by a senior research associate at Oxford University, notes that the huge pension fund in TIAA-CREF in the United States has recently launched a new farmland investment fund called TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture.  The fund is capitalized by a number of large Canadian and European institutional investors, including AP2 in Sweden, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) in Canada, and  Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (Caisse) in Canada. 

What we found interesting is that one of the areas where the new fund will invest is in Australian farmland, which makes sense from our perspective as GreenWorld have long seen fantastic value in Australian agriculture investments, which we discussed in a previous post.  As our previous post notes, long time agriculture and farmland investor Jim Rogers also has a farmland fund company focused on Australian farming and agricultural land.

Whilst the TIAA and the Jim Rogers farmland funds are obviously focused on huge institutional investors, GreenWorld's projects - such as our farmland investment in Lithuania in Eastern Europe and our African farmland investment - have low enough minimums that they are easily accessible by individual investors.  For those with UK SIPPs, all of GreenWorld's farmland investments are SIPP eligible.

For those interested, here is the link to the article for the new TIAA farmland fund.

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