The importance of farmland in terms of global food and energy security, environmental sustainability and economic growth is unequivocal and continues to attract considerable interest
Welcome to our latest research report on the Global Farmland Index. The importance of farmland in terms of global food and energy security, environmental sustainability and economic growth is unequivocal and continues to attract considerable interest.
Governments and government-backed investment funds have been seeking to acquire land to address domestic food security concerns. This has been exacerbated by regional trading security, climate pressures and local environmental degradation, leading to increasing competition for the best quality overseas farmland. The heightened interest in farmland from these investors has had an impact on domestic food security and industry revenue structures, which alongside domestic social and environmental concerns have forced governments in some jurisdictions to protect their farmland. Policies that restrict and make it more difficult for non-domestic buyers to acquire farmland are increasingly common.
In comparison, private investors and farmland funds have been attracted by the capital appreciation of farmland values and the potential to maximise farming returns through management intervention, particularly in the emerging markets. With competition from domestic buyers and increasing restrictions on foreign ownership, finding the right opportunity remains key.
This report provides an update on farmland values and focuses on the relative opportunities and risks of investing in agriculture in different countries through our Opportunity versus Risk Matrix tool.
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