Farming with nature
in Latin America


Join us to co-develop opportunities for sustainable farming
in Latin America based on "4 Returns" approach.

The project

The objective is to acquire farmland in the southern cone region of South America: South of Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia and, opportunistically, Peru; and to capture a higher-than-average capital appreciation as a result of soil and landscape restoration.

This appreciation will be achieved by using sustainable land management best practices.

Farmland is a valuable asset in the 21st century, which provides a natural hedge against inflation and is uncorrelated with other asset classes.

South American southern cone region is part of the world’s backbone for food production and its important role in meeting the world’s growing demand for high-quality food is expected to become even stronger in the coming decades.

Context

The world’s population is expected to grow from today’s 7.6 to 9.8 billion inhabitants by 2050 and 11.2 by 2100. The rising middle classes will increase food consumption per family, diversifying their diets and consuming more protein. Consumers will have increased expectations for health, sustainability and ethics. Lastly, bioenergy markets are expanding, competing for the soil against food.

The environmental impacts of dominant farming practices are alarming. And the big question is:

How can this required increase of food production be realized in a sustainable way?

Approach

Farmland acquisition

Farms will be located in different regions and will have different farming operations.

A rigorous due diligence on the land’s productive capacity and its opportunity to create higher economic, social and environmental value will be performed before acquiring a property.

Identified farmland should go through a strict investment criteria assessment.

Operations

The 4 Returns, 3 zones, 20 years approach, developed by Commonland Foundation, will stand at the core of the farming operations.

We have developed a detailed protocol with the main production guidelines which allows us to comply with our 4 returns target.

Divestment

Each farm will be sold once the 4 returns are achieved.

4 returns

Return of Inspiration

Being a frontrunner to show the path and the results in terms of economic, social and nature outcomes, leads to the commitment of other land owners or managers to adopt the 4 Returns approach.

Return of social capital

An increase in employees results in more people living in rural areas with their families, improving their living conditions, their local roads, gaining scale for the re-opening of rural schools, younger people learning rural skills, etc.

Return of natural capital

Increased presence of identified native flora/fauna species, soil carbon accumulation per hectare and volume and quality of water harvested.

Return of financial capital

Return on capital employed. This is to be achieved, mainly, by each region’s general land appreciation and by higher valuation to be achieved as consequence of the soil restoration activities and, in second place, by the yearly yield.

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Partners

Commonland Foundation was founded to accelerate the landscape restoration industry. Its holistic 4 returns, 3 zones, 20 years approach provides a practical way to realize a transition towards an economy based on the restoration of the natural and productive landscapes. Thereby reversing the trend of increasing degradation. Since 2013, Commonland and its partner organizations developed four large scale landscape restoration projects around the world. Commonland is headquartered in Amsterdam and operates globally.

Praxis South America advises international investors, companies and families in their investment process in the southern cone region, going from deal sourcing, feasibility analysis and structuring, business development and further management of their activities and growth initiatives.
For over 15 years we've helped clients solve some of the world's toughest strategic problems. We help companies master huge and complex challenges in rapidly changing situations often under very demanding geographic, economic, regulatory and political conditions.
Praxis South America counts with a local team and is headquartered in Buenos Aires.

Astecna is an agricultural service provider dedicated to the management of farmland operations, advising on technical-agronomic matters.
Astecna has performed the technical analysis and valuation of more than 5,000 farms in the last 16 years (in Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay), which results in a strong knowledge of every country of the target region and a solid data base. Astecna acts as auditors and appraisers for the following banks: Citibank, HSBC, Rabobank, ICBC, BBVA, Banco Galicia, Banco Patagonia and Banco Hipotecario.

Our team

Erik Vangrieken

Managing Director

Erik counts with more than 30 years experience in Investment and Private banking at several financial institutions.
He has been advising European families in their business in Latin America for the last ten years. Erik holds a Master's Degree in Law, a Diplôme de L'Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales.

Michiel de Man

4 Returns
Compliance Advisor

Michiel provides Commonland with expertise in business development, strategy, innovation and sustainability. Michiel holds a MA in Development Studies from Utrecht University and a MSc in Strategic Management from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Ricardo Latour

Head of Farm
Management Services

Ricardo's activities include farmland operations management and valuation (he has assessed more than 5,000 farms in South America).
He has been Professor in charge of Production and Use of Forages for 30 years andholds an Agri Engineer degree from UCA.

Diego Ros Rooney

Farmland Acquisition and
Investment Manager, CFO

Diego counts with 15 years experience in private equity, management consulting and business' management.
He has taken part in projects in the agribusiness sector.
Diego holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA).

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the most valuable asset
on earth is soil...
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