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November 16, 2011

Danish pension body invests in African agriculture-targeted fund

PensionDanmark has invested 43-million Euros in the Silverland Fund, which will invest in Africa's agriculture sector.

The fund will focus on agricultural production in Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda and Mozambique. The total investment commitment to Silverland is expected to reach 215-million Euros.

The Danish pension fund says that a combination of a high yield per acre, two harvest seasons a year and land prices, which are significantly lower than in the U.S. and Europe, would offer attractive returns on the investment.

'We have an increasing focus on investments in Central Africa, which is on track to become one of the next major growth regions of the world,' says senior portfolio manager, Anders Bang.

Pension Denmark has also invested 27-million Euros in listed companies in 10 central African countries through the fund DUET, and 7-million Euros in DI Frontier Market Energy & Carbon Fund, which invests in renewable energy projects in East Africa.

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