The world demands ever more food and fiber – sourced from farms and forests that are gentle on the environment, supportive of local communities and well governed. Growing demand for quality building products, renewable raw materials and healthy foods, are matched by a rising insistence on traceability, a low carbon footprint, and responsible use of land and water. This creates an opportunity - and a need - for private capital to develop and improve property for more productive employment of land, water and people, and competitive returns for investors.

 

It requires careful top-down selection of locations, experienced local management, deployment of best technologies, and relentless measurement and reporting of financial, environmental, social and governance. When done well it replaces depletion with regeneration and exploitation with engagement.