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Pictet raises EUR30m for PF(Lux)-Agriculture fund

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Pictet Funds, the fund distribution arm of the Swiss private bank Pictet & Cie, has raised EUR30m for its PF(Lux)-Agriculture fund.

Pictet Funds, the fund distribution arm of the Swiss private bank Pictet & Cie, has raised EUR30m for its PF(Lux)-Agriculture fund.

The fund, launched on 29 May 2009, holds 55 individual positions across agriculture companies in Switzerland, the US, Canada, Singapore, Israel, Norway and Australia.

It is managed by Gertjan van der Geer, senior investment manager, and is the most recent addition to Pictet’s range of thematic products, which includes water, timber, clean energy, security, biotech, digital communications, generics and premium brands.

The fund provides access to quoted companies that are expected to play a vital role in helping to supply food for a global population that is predicted to grow by nearly 40 per cent between 2005 and 2050, according to a December 2007 World Bank estimate.

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