Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 124

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

” is the species charged with protecting global food security”.

Jason Tylianakis, the University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Food security is recurring theme within Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces, central to the firm’s core philosophy that agricultural land will become increasingly short in supply. We also like to promote the innovation in agriculture and its role in increasing food security, typically through productivity and efficiency. Contrastingly, this week we look at the effect that what is largely the largest agricultural innovation, seed technology, is having on bees and the natural pollination process – posing a real long term risk to food security.

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WHAT’S ALL THE FUZZZ: FOOD SECURITY NOW OR LATER?

Without restrictions on pesticides pollinators might decline to catastrophic levels, but an outright ban could reduce crops such as oilseed rape by up to 25%.

The numbers of pollinators, which include not just honeybees but the thousands of insects that visit flowering plants, are in sharp decline. There is growing evidence that one particular group of pesticides, neonicotinoids, is damaging the viability…

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Duxton in the news over planned investments in four Australian farms

The following article about Duxton was published on Dow Jones Newswire on March 25, 2013.

Singapore Asset Manager in Talks Over Australian Farms -Exec

SYDNEY–Singapore-based Duxton Asset Management said it is in talks over planned investments in four Australian farms despite increasing scrutiny of farm purchases by foreigners.

Australia, a major wheat, beef and sugar exporter, is seen as a possible food bowl for expanding middle classes in Asia and the Middle East. That’s prompted a wave of foreign investment from sovereign wealth funds, pension plans and institutional investors in recent times. But it has also attracted opposition from some lawmakers who fear such investment gives foreign governments control of vital assets at the expense of local farmers and the security of Australia’s food supplies.

“Australia would now be deemed more risky from an international investment perspective than three years ago,” said Desmond Sheehy, chief investment officer of Duxton, which manages about $600 million of investments, mostly in agriculture. Its clients include global pension and sovereign-wealth funds.

Even so, Mr. Sheehy said the asset manager is looking to increase its exposure to Australia, with talks underway for investments in four…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 123

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“At least 12 countries in the Middle East and South Asia suffer absolute water scarcity with about two-thirds of freshwater supply in the Middle East already coming from outside the region. The scale of the problem could worsen”

– Olcay Unver, co-ordinator of a 2012 UN report  that noted that Farmers will need 19 percent more water by 2050 to meet increasing demands for food.

Farming is the biggest cause of water stress in the Middle East, and in Iraq, Oman, Syria and Yemen, it accounts for more than 90 percent of usage, according to the report. The region already imports as much as half its grain consumption and climate change could cut agricultural productivity by a quarter by 2080.

Saudi Arabia is reducing grain production to reduce unsustainable use of groundwater and encouraging companies to lease tracts of land in Africa for growing, the report said. India is growing maize, sugarcane, lentils and rice in Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal and Mozambique to feed its domestic market.

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FEEDING THE MIDDLE EAST – BY THE RECEDING WATERS OF BABYLON

The…

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