EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION.
In April 2010, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Supachai Panitchpakdi said: “There is an urgent need to invest more in agriculture both to ensure food security and as the basis for long-term economic development.” To address these challenges there is a need to use land more efficiently. Investments from large institutional investors like pension funds can help to finance agricultural projects and boost liquidity in these markets. The challenge of the coming years is to produce enough affordable food to meet the needs of the growing global population, while preserving and enhancing the natural resource base so as not to compromise the quality of life of future generations.