The sustainable investor for a changing world

Investing in companies transforming the global food system

The opportunity 

The food and agriculture sector is a cause of and victim to environmental degradation. Pressures are intensifying as growing populations and rising living standards drive increased consumption of resource-intensive foods.

Addressing these issues will require significant capital investment in new technologies and services, in addition to greater policy support from regulators and governments, which could benefit companies that provide environmental solutions.

Fund highlights

Arrow target

The fund primarily targets companies across the sustainable food value chain that are delivering solutions to environmental and nutritional challenges

The fund’s flexible approach ensures broad, diversified exposure across regions, end markets, and sectors

The fund is managed by a listed equities team with over 15 years average industry experience1

Team and expertise

BNP Paribas Smart Food is managed by Impax Asset Management, a long-standing investor in environmental markets and a long-term partner of BNP Paribas Asset Management. Impax has offices in Europe, Asia, and the US.

Michael Landymore, 40 years of industry experience, Agne Rackauskaite, 12 years of industry experience, and Katy Hutchinson, 11 years of industry experience, are the lead portfolio managers. They are based in London and Dublin.

[1] Source: Impax Asset Management, as of 31 March 2023

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