Likening investment in farmland to buying gold, institutional investors and hedge funds, even private equity, are eyeing agricultural land in the hopes of generating returns. It is hard to imagine that farming can generate the kind of returns PE normally requires, but CNBC is running a report with that idea as a headline. Aggregation and Internet mediation underlie some of the investment cases, it says.
Coller Capital’s latest barometer data shows that this is not a huge trend. Farmland is the least popular segment, below shipping and far behind energy investments. The Canadian province of Saskatchewan recently imposed a ban on financial sponsors owning farmland, according to the New Zealand Herald