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Food Security report points out the Farming needs for a ‘sustainable intensification’

The quest to feed the world’s rapidly growing population over the next 40 years needs a front loaded approach to funding agricultural research, according to a report on food security released recently. New science and technologies are among the tools needed to achieve a huge ‘sustainable intensification’…

New Tool to Help Farmers Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change

The Rainforest Alliance and the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) unveiled the new Climate Module: Criteria for the Mitigation of and Adaptation to Climate Change, developed in collaboration with allies at Guatemala’s Inter-American Foundation for Tropical Research (FIIT, for its name in Spanish); SalvaNATURA, a Salvadoran…

Agriculture investments growing rapidly and expecting to double

Worldwide investors are looking at South America for growing more feed grains, corn and soybeans, as rising global meat consumption propels prices, said Chris Erickson, managing director of Boston-based farm consultancy HighQuest. “What we are seeing right now is a lot of interest from institutional investors, private capital,…

Investment funds around the world seeking farmland in response to food price hikes

For decades, the world was often swimming in surplus food because farmers were so productive. But rising demand has caught up, and reserves have become so tight that global food markets are vulnerable to even minor shocks. Many analysts say that higher, more volatile prices may be here to stay. The new dynamic reflects…

Chinese largest agricultural firm to buy farmland in Latin America

China’s largest agricultural enterprise, Heilongjiang Beidahuang Nongken Group, will acquire or lease 200,000 hectares of cropland in countries including Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Russia, The Philippines, Australia and Zimbabwe China, the world’s most populous country with 1.34 billion citizens, is experiencing an agricultural…

Investment Funds are scrambling to build up rural expertise in response to rocketing investor demand to buy entire farms

Investment funds worldwide have put an estimated $15 billion to $20 billion in agriculture globally, and interest is also growing from ultra-rich investors and pension funds, which see farmland as tangible, strategic assets. But Rich Gammill, managing director of the Cargill…