Right now, one of my favourite investment themes is agriculture. There are 3 reasons why I find this sector attractive:
1) There are now approximately 7 billion people in the world. The UN expects this number to grow to 8.3billion by 2030.
2) The average person consumes 2,780 kcal per day. This is expected to increase to 3,050 kcal by 2030.
3) China has to feed 20% of the world’s population with 6% of its water. The net result of this is that they are going to have to significantly increase the amount of food that they import.
Zurich International Life (ZIL) have recently added a fund to their range to capitalize on these exciting trends. It is the DWS Global Agri-Business Fund.
The fund invests in companies including those specialising in fertilisers and machinery, firms involved in grain handling and logistics, as well as food manufacturers and retailers which can benefit from growing consumption patterns.
If you are investing with a reasonable timeframe, then it would be worth talking to your financial adviser about this fund at your next 6 monthly review.
The fund is available through most of the Zurich range of products, including Vista, Supra, Elite International Bond and International Wealth Account.
[I mentioned speaking to a financial adviser if you are interested in this fund. Unfortunately international/expat financial advisers have an uncanny knack of disappearing. If this applies to your adviser and you would like to discuss this fund in more detail (or your Zurich plan in general) feel free to contact us and we will arrange for a qualified adviser to get in touch with you.]