03-06-2014 03:30 AM | USA

Investors in farming look past climate risk

Over the past few years, asset managers have been encouraging investors to put money into global agriculture and farmland, and although it is virgin territory for most pension funds, a few have made investments or plan to do so.

The idea behind investing is well understood: a growing global population, eating more meat, and a declining supply of arable land thanks to climate change should all add up to steadily increasing prices for food and farmland.

But anyone investing now has chosen an interesting moment. This year may prove a particularly dramatic illustration of one of the principal short-term risks of such investments – the weather.
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