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Emerging investment trends in primary agriculture

In recent years there has been notable growth in public and private investment in primary agriculture, particularly by private equity funds. This relatively new phenomenon has led to private and quasi-private large-scale acquisitions of farmlands that often enhance efficiency and productivity while also contributing to modernizing the primary sector. As a result, private equity funds that invest a substantial part, or all, of their capital in primary agriculture have increased both in number and volume globally. As this is a new trend, both economic and social implications must be explored to understand the likely evolution of these investments.

The FAO Investment Centre, at the request of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), has published this study, which provides an overview of existing investments in private equity funds and other similar vehicles and the potential for these in ten selected European and Central Asian countries with significant agricultural commodity production.