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All about impact at AIM Summit

Monday, June 17, 2019

B. G., Opalesque Geneva:

There were many speakers on sustainable and impact investing at the Geneva AIM Summit last week, all agreeing that the trend in such investments, while it began many years ago in obscurity and misinterpretation, is starting to see the light. "Impact and ESG investments have become a kind of 2.0 capital," said Zachary Cefaratti, CEO of Dalma Capital. But, he went on, we require a further $30tn of investments in the next few years to make a difference.

Arable land per capita is decreasing and will continue to do so, especially if the world population reaches 9 billion by 2050 as predicted, said Peter Rockefeller of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and Brock Capital Group. By then, agricultural producers will have to double their 2005-level output. So farmland prices will continue to appreciate. But it's not good enough to buy land and cultivate it. As there is an erosion of soil due to unsustainable farming, one must make sure the soil remains healthy. The key is sustainable agriculture, which involves no-till farming, water management, intercropping, buffers and habitat care and minimum application of chemicals. For those investors with a longer view, hope and patience, farmland and sustainable agriculture are a good bet. "An opportunity for profit......................

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