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Investing in agricultural land is the way to go - Part Two

Friday, August 27, 2010

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque London:

Part One, published yesterday, can be accessed here.

Agricultural investing, even with its shortcomings, is attracting interest from investors and from fund managers. The main reasons for are, for one, the rising global population and the dwindling available land; and secondly, the search for an inflation hedge and for real assets which are uncorrelated to financial markets.

And some managers argue that investing in food is not enough: buying the land that grows them - as a fixed resource - should be an integral part of an agricultural portfolio.

Investing in land Many fund managers agree that agri investing is good for diversification, although not for long-only investing. And there is another thing they seem to agree on: investing in land is the way to go.

Research from consulting firm HighQuest Partners shows total cultivated land (globally) stands at 1,400 million hectares and has not changed in 20 years. An additional 80-100 million hectares of land will be needed to meet the anticipated demand for major crops in the next decade (see Opalesque Exclusive here).

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