The conference, organized by the Australian Farm Institute, explored whether digital technologies will enable the third agricultural revolution and bring about the next big productivity gain, and how to catalyze this revolution in Australia.
Australia's pension industry has been highly criticized for not supporting the country's agriculture sector making last week's A$150 million almond farmland acquisition by First State Super a coup for the industry.
There has been much debate around the suitability of private equity funds for farmland investing pushing some investment managers to present new options to investors. Australian Pastoral Funds Management is one such manager, recently launching a new product range for land and livestock investment.
Deals from the week include a private equity-backed Australian producer's A$550m IPO, an agriculture fund commitment by Merced County and the Accel Partners-led Series A round of grocery delivery company Opinio in Bangalore.
There is a frightening global phenomenon sweeping across ag-heavy states and countries, and it is getting worse.
Farmers are committing suicide more than any other occupation. The problem is most prominent in India, where desperation to pay debts amidst poor crop yields leads to what some farmers see as their only option.