Have you ever wanted to invest in something that makes a positive difference in the world around you?
There is certainly no shortage of options; plenty of companies will tell you that what they do is for the betterment of the world. But what about something real that you can OWN? Something that you can KNOW is bettering not just your portfolio, but also the people, plants, and animals involved?
Let me introduce you to an investment that not many investors ever even think to take advantage of: agriculture!
Benefits of Investing in Agriculture
There are a lot of great reasons to invest in agriculture. For one thing, it’s a fantastic way to diversify your portfolio. Even investing in different kinds of agricultural products can help you hedge against market fluctuation. By having your eggs in multiple baskets, so to speak, you can secure positive cash flow every year.
Agricultural products are also a real asset, which just means that they are a physical, tangible asset (as opposed to an asset like the debt you would buy from buying a bond). Because of this, crops have an inherent physical worth; they will never be valued at $0.
Plus, food and other crops are things that people will ALWAYS need, so there is much less risk of extreme devaluation.
Lastly, investing in agriculture is a good way to put money into an environmentally conscious cause. By investing in farmland, you are protecting that land from being destroyed or developed, and ensuring that plants keep growing! Not to mention, it helps preserve jobs for the farmers that grow and harvest those crops!
Ways to invest in Agriculture
So, what is the best crop to invest in?
There isn’t any correct answer; for everything that is growable, there is a market.
Right now, chocolate is experiencing an uptick in popularity and consumption, so cacao beans (the raw fruit from which chocolate is derived) are a great place to begin investing. Cacao trees produce new beans constantly, so it will be profitable for the entire time it produces fruit, which can be up to 50 years if properly cared for!
Another great option is hardwoods, such as salmwood, also called Spanish Elm. Hardwoods are generally grown to be used as timber, and can be used to make furniture, flooring, and more. Salmwood in particular is resistant to rotting and is a major source of nectar for honeybees in Belize, so they can benefit the environment two-fold!
If you are looking to get started investing in agriculture, I can recommend no better place than the country of Belize. Belize has lots of sprawling arable land with rich, fertile soil, perfect for growing a wide range of crops. Belize is also unique among its Central American neighbors in that the property laws are based on those of Europe and the primary language is English. All of these factors make it a favorite pick for international investors.
Both cacao and salmwood are grown plentifully in Belize, as well as an endless variety of other crops, such as lemon grass, vanilla, bananas, plantains, bamboo, and much much more.
If you are thinking that this sounds like an investment worth adding to your portfolio, you’re in luck! Right now Caribbean Capital Group is offering accredited investors a chance to get involved with Finca Chocolat Belize, where you will have the opportunity to buy unit shares of farmland growing cacao, salmwood, lemon grass, and many of the other crops already discussed!
To learn more about investment opportunities available in Belize, check out our latest offerings here.