BOSTON, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Global AgInvestingSM expects its fifth anniversary conference to be the largest agriculture investment event ever held, with a projected audience of over 800 institutional investors, farm and fund managers, and industry stakeholders. This flagship event in the landmark series will take place in New York City at the historic Waldorf=Astoria® hotel on Park Avenue, April 29-May 2, 2013.
Since its inception in 2009, Global AgInvesting (GAI) has been the premier agriculture investment conference series, hosting nearly 4,000 attendees worldwide at annual events in New York, London and Singapore.
"Agriculture as an asset class has been gaining increased interest and momentum in tandem with the Global AgInvesting events, which have nearly doubled in attendance year-on-year in every location," said Philippe de Laperouse, chairman of GAI, noting that the series is expanding in 2013 with an inaugural event to be held in the Middle East in February.
Laperouse explained that investing in farmland and farming operations is an attractive long-term investment as it provides an opportunity to hedge against inflation and is negatively correlated to stock markets. "According to Bloomberg data, of all of the real assets professionals who were hired in 2012, 18% were appointed specifically to manage farmland investments," said Laperouse. "This is clear indication of the intensified focus on the global agriculture investment sector, where capital allocations remain well below the industry's needs and potential."
Five years ago, GAI pioneered the first conference dedicated to the asset class and remains on the forefront of the sector today. Global AgInvesting 2013 in New York will present an expanded agenda that includes peripheral themes such as water theme investments, aquaculture and global fisheries, dairy and livestock, and venture capital, all of which will complement panel discussions addressing farmland opportunities across all major production regions.
To delve deeper into the topic of innovations and investment opportunities in new technologies, GAI is launching the first AgTech Investment Summit in conjunction with the main conference. This new four-day format gives a wider range of prospective investors the opportunity to consider including agriculture in their overall portfolio, whether through real assets, private equity, public equities, venture capital, or a combination of different strategies.
Those interested in joining this preeminent gathering of agriculture investment players can view the full agenda and register to attend, using code PRGAINY-NE, at www.globalaginvesting.com.
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SOURCE Global AgInvesting