$4.1bn ag investments in the US, Canada, Chile and Australia

Indoor farming the ‘next generation' of infra investment

Christopher Walker speaks to Oliver Williams about why institutional investors should allocate capital to large-scale indoor farming.
Manulife Investment Management has some $4.1bn (€3.88bn) in agricultural investments and oversees approximately 400,000 acres of prime farmland and agriculture investments in major agricultural regions of the US, Canada, Chile, and Australia.

In a paper, Farm to Fork: overcoming supply chain vulnerabilities with agriculture infrastructure innovations, Oliver Williams, the global head of agricultural investments, sets out how “a more integrated agriculture infrastructure investment approach could offer a new paradigm.”

Williams says there are two crucial factors in the background. Firstly, with a growing world population and rising incomes, global food systems will need to deliver 56% more food by 2050. “The growing middle-class income groups in Asia, India, and Africa are having a major impact on global food demand,” he says.

The second is the war in Ukraine, which has emphasized the importance of food security. “This is likely to accelerate a focus on the need to de-globalize food production where possible, with major implications for investors in the agricultural sector in the US,” he says. The US imports more than 30% of its fresh vegetables and over half of its fresh fruit. Williams also notes the importance of Russia as the leading fertilizer exporter with a 13% share of the world market. Fertilizer is a major cost for the agriculture industry.

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