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Growing your Income – Why Food is the Hottest New Investment Commodity

August 5, 2013Article by Ray Withers

World food prices increased steeply from 2007 into 2008 and, despite some fluctuations in the years since, remain at almost record-high levels, according to the World Bank’s Food Price Index. The result has been a growing trend for investment in agricultural land, as investors are attracted by the combination of high returns and the ethical element of creating jobs and supplying food in countries where both are desperately needed.

Why crops?

Investment in agriculture provides employment for local people, teaches them new skills and results in an increase in a country’s food production levels. This is particularly important in areas such as West Africa, where the population has doubled every 20 years since 1960, but where agricultural production has not increased at a matching pace.


Food security

The result has been a growth in food insecurity, with lagging production rates leading to supply gaps and price rises. Unless the situation is addressed by an increase in countries’ domestic food production, the gaps will only continue to widen. Agricultural investment programmes are one way in which the issue is now being addressed.


Ethical investment

For Property Frontiers’ Ray Withers, it was the ethical element of agricultural investment which initially piqued his interest in exploring opportunities available in this asset class commenting:

“Investing in farming programmes is about so much more than making money (although, of course, it achieves that too). Agricultural investment can have a significant, positive impact on rural communities. It creates jobs for both men and women, providing them with an income and with lifelong skills in the sustainable techniques required to farm efficiently and productively.”

Hot spot

Within West Africa, Senegal is tipped as the hot spot for agricultural investment. Over one million Senegalese people are estimated to be food insecure and urgent action is required to address the situation.

And it is due to these market fundamentals that Property Frontiers will shortly be launching a new and exclusive highly profitable agricultural investment in Senegal with memberships available at just $30,000.

Be the first to find out more about this pioneering opportunity by contacting us today on +44 1865 202 700 or emailing info@propertyfrontiers.com.

Author

Ray Withers

Ray has over 17 years’ experience in the international property market and bought his own first international property investment back in 2002. Aside from running Property Frontiers, Ray has been involved in residential, hotel, student and commercial property investment and development in both the UK and overseas and co-wrote "Where to Buy Property Abroad - An Investor's Guide". As Founder and Trustee of the Frontiers Foundation, Ray is directly involved with many of its projects to ensure they have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. He is passionate about property, travelling, scouting out new opportunities and finding time to spend with his young family.
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