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Agricultural Investment Funds

An investment vehicle that is made up of a pool of funds collected from many investors for the purpose of investing in agricultural products. Agricultural investment funds, which have experienced significant growth in numbers and volume in recent years, have underscored public and private sectors’ interest to help address the resource constraints for achieving food security. Moreover, the growing attractiveness of agricultural investment projects as profitable business ventures has played a role in the emergence and growth of such funds, especially in light of higher agricultural prices and improved business climates that favour longer-term investments.

Despite the prevailing view that agriculture is risky, investment in agriculture is experiencing noted growth due both to improved profitability projections and the interest of development agencies and governments to increase investment in the sector to achieve food security.

Investment is essential for the growth of the agricultural sector; it is estimated that net investments of USD 83 billion a year must be made in the agriculture sector in developing countries if there is to be enough food to feed the world population of 9.1 billion in 2050.

Investment funds have, in some instances, been structured towards altruistic aims of combating hunger and poverty, but private sector investment fund managers are expecting to increasingly benefit from investments in the agricultural sector in the medium and long term since demand for food and other agricultural products is expected to continue to increase.

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