Our Approach

UFF AS A FUND ADVISOR

Our investment and advisory model varies according to the individual needs of each project. Within South Africa, our approach, which is currently under review, has historically been to acquire farmland and select or recommend a skilled operator for that farm, as well as facilitating finance for development. Productivity on the farm is improved and the farm is leased to the appointed operator. In the other African selected countries in which we operate, land tenure often takes the form of a lease. We typically co-invest into the farming operations as well as being the leaseholder. Through this flexible approach, the Fund may generate profits from a combination of capital gain, lease income and profit share. At the end of the mandated fund term, the farm may be rolled into a new fund, purchased by the operator, or sold to a third party, subject to a due diligence process which includes consideration of that third party’s commitment to environmental and social performance.

UFF AS A FUND ADVISOR

Good environmental and social governance is an integral part of UFF’s investment process. While the Fund owns the farm they not only improve production but also address social and environmental aspects, ensuring a sustainable operation that results in lasting and positive change. Environment and Social Governance (ESG) is assessed and (independently) monitored on all farms, using the International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s Performance Standards as a guide.

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UFF RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT PROCESS

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IMPACTING LIVES

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