Emerging market demand for Australian agricultural commodities

Being within easy reach of the lucrative export markets of Asian and the Middle East, Australian farmers are ideally located to capitalise on the rapid rise in demand and changing diets in emerging markets. Exports to countries in these regions continue to rise dramatically, with grain exports to China having more than tripled in the last five years alone (2007-08 to 2011-12).

Five year rise in food exports to Australia’s largest emerging market export destinations

Rise in Australian crop exports to China, 2007-08 to 2011-12

References and data sources:

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian International Trade Data Series, 2012
  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, Agricultural Commodities Statistics, 2012
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Agriculture and Food Statistics, 2012

Investment returns

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Investment style

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Investing in Australian agriculture

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Geographic and sector focus

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