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As agriculture investing gains momentum, record number of investors set to attend GAI Asia

TOKYO, 13 August 2019 – A lineup of prestigious foreign stakeholders and industry experts comprise the speaking faculty at the 9th annual Global AgInvesting Asia conference, taking place here 12-13 September 2019 at the Tokyo American Club.

The momentum for interest in agriculture as an asset class has been remarkable this year, following last year’s A$119 million (US$92.5 million) allocation by Nippon Life Insurance Company to an overseas farmland fund managed by Hancock Natural Resource Group. Evidence of this can be seen in the record number of investors expected to attend this year’s conference, as there is much to learn about this viable investment that has the potential to provide stable, long-term returns.

Join the hundreds who look to HighQuest Group, the world leader in advising and connecting the agriculture investment community and host of the conference, to provide the meeting place for building new relationships and examining opportunities in the sector.

Key industry topics will be addressed through insightful presentations, including:

- A panel discussion on Japanese Investor Experiences in Evaluating International Agriculture Funds with Tim McGavin, CEO, Laguna Bay; Yashiro Ono, director of private equity/infrastructure at Japan Post Bank; and Yoshifumi Kida, manager of foreign equity and alternative investment department at Nippon Life Insurance Company.

- A featured presentation on African Agriculture by Ken Shibusawa, founder and chairman of Common Asset Management (see also the recent story on investing in African agriculture from our magazine, the GAI Gazette).

- More on Going Beyond ESG Integration: Sustainably Managed Timber and Agriculture Assets Can Deliver ESG Benefits and Market Rate Returns from Nick Ping, director of business development, Asia Pacific, for Hancock Natural Resource Group.

Closing out the conference on Friday afternoon are five sessions on innovations in agtech, a sector that globally has seen US$6.7 billion invested in the last five years, with Asia emerging as a key player. Sessions include:

- The China AgriFood Innovation Opportunity – Examine thought leadership as a means to inspire and support startups in solving food system challenges. Learn more on this topic in this GAI Gazette article: The Growing Protein Opportunity in the Emerging Chinese Market.

- Food System Level Transformation Technologies – Explore the top 12 most interesting technologies that are developing to help food systems towards 2030, with an in-depth look into a few of the most exciting technologies already in use today.

- AgTech/FoodTech Innovation Spotlight – Enjoy this showcase of start-up companies developing technologies that are creative, impactful and scalable.

Learn more at, view the full agenda here, or follow us @globalaginvest, #GAI2019. To note, the conference will be presented in both English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation provided.

Discounted passes are available for Japanese agribusinesses, government agencies, early-stage agtech firms and producers. Complimentary passes may be available for certain types of institutional end investors, investment consultants and gatekeepers (includes pension and insurance funds, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds, trust banks, and certain family offices). To apply for special pricing, visit

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Global AgInvesting (GAI), a brand of U.S.-owned HighQuest Group, is the world’s most well-attended agricultural investment seminar series and leading resource for events, research and insight into the global agricultural sector.


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