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AgTech as an emerging asset class outlined by HighQuest director in Alternative Emerging Investor article (1.19.2015)

DANVERS, Mass., (1/19/15) -- Sarah Day Levesque, director of content for HighQuest Group, has authored a piece titled "Agricultural Technology as an Emerging Asset Class," which was printed in the Jan/Feb issue of Alternative Emerging Investor (AEI). AEI is the Flagship publication for the Emerging Market Investor’s Association (EMIA). Read the entire article here, or visit http://www.emia.org/Overview.pdf to find out more about EMIA.

Read an excerpt below:

Growing Opportunities
Agricultural Technology as an Emerging Asset Class
By Sarah Day Levesque | January/February 2015 Alternative Emerging Investor magazine

Along with population growth, the world’s middle class is growing, particularly in emerging economies such as China and India. The most recent Allianz Global Wealth Report indicates that the global middle class is approaching 1 billion and The Boston Consulting Group reports that between 2010 and 2014, China’s middle class and affluent households swelled from 10% of total households to 25%. As global incomes increase, demand for Western-influenced diets, characterized by higher intake of calories, protein, and dairy products, also increases. This shift in diet puts added strain on food systems. Global meat production, for example, rose to a new high of 308.5 million tons in 2013, according to the FAO; but beef production alone uses about 60% of global farmland and yields less than 5 percent of the world’s protein, according to Worldwatch Institute. These trends are increasing the pressure to produce significantly more food that re- quires more intensive production methods, with the current resources.

These increasing resource constraints beg for sustainable solutions to help agribusi- ness feed more people more efficiently. Agricultural technology is up to this chal- lenge, playing an increasing role in ad- dressing efficiency across the agri-food value chain... 
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Sarah Day Levesque is responsible for managing and creating content for the Global AgInvesting news and research initiatives. She has spent a decade conducting research in the global agri-food and agricultural investment sectors and has been managing content for HighQuest Group for more than five years. Ms. Day Levesque received an M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics and an M.S. in International Agricultural Development from University of California, Davis. She holds a B.S. in In- ternational Agricultural Development from the same university.

Contact information: sdaylevesque@highquestpartners.com.

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