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Agribusiness - Securing supply in an uncertain world

London, 15 March 2012 - Commodities Now

Norton Rose Group interviewed over 100 senior executives from organisations across the food and agribusiness sector around the world to get their views on the key issues affecting their organisations and this rapidly transforming sector.

67% of international respondents from the food and agri-industry intend to increase investment in agri-business over the next 12 months. At least 60% of respondents stated they intend to undertake strategic acquisitions or fund raisings in the next year while 42% will, or are, considering investing in transport and other infrastructure to support food production.

Comments from the survey reveal that sovereign wealth funds and private equity are expected to have a significant role in providing finance to the agri-industry.

The BRIC economies, according to 91% of those surveyed, will have a very significant impact on the future of agri-industry as both producers and consumers, and Africa will have an increasingly important role in the longer term.

The survey results suggest that the transformational rise of China, India and other emerging markets has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on the food and agribusiness sector. With many companies planning to increase their investment in this sector and undertake strategic acquisitions or fundraisings we are likely to see significant change in the global landscape of the agri-industry.

Furthermore, "The practicalities of regulating a global industry remain one of the sector’s biggest challenges, particularly in relation to land and water rights and the influence of food and fuel subsidies on market prices," the report stresses.

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Norton Rose Food & Agribusiness Survey - Securing supply in an uncertain world

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