Farmland Investment Fund Quantifies Impact of Regenerative Practices at $21m

Reported by Agfunder newsFarmland fund manager Farmland LP has released its 2017 impact report summarizing the social and environmental impacts of its funds and quantifying the positive impact its management practices have on the local and global ecosystem.The fund manager’s strategy is to purchase or lease conventionally farmed land and introduce sustainable farmland management practices including organic farming.

According to the report, some $85 million (~R1.2 bill) worth of farmland in its first fund — Vital Farmland LP — generated a financial return of 67%, but also $21.4 million (~R 296 mill) in ecosystem service value, which accrues to the surrounding communities and environment. Under conventional management practices, the same farms would have caused a negative $8.5 million (negative ~R120 mill) in ecosystem harm since inception.

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