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Mastering the Commodities Markets by Francesca Taylor

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INVESTING IN AGRICULTURE

The FAO believes an additional US$30 billion a year needs to be invested in agriculture to bring about the enhancements in output to meet growing demand.14 To an individual US$30 billion is a not inconsiderable sum. To the capital markets this is almost a rounding error! Global equity markets are valued at levels between US$40 and US$70 trillion and several trillion dollars were pushed into buying out the banks, their bad loans and in quantitative easing during the period from 2008 to 2012. For agriculture itself it is likely that far larger amounts than US$30 billion per annum could already have been mobilised. Aside from planned private sector investment, every major government and multilateral institution has mobilised ...

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