Asset Management

Innovative Investing

TIAA-CREF Asset Management manages a wide range of assets spanning a variety of portfolios. Learn more about how we implement our innovative investment strategies through these short case studies from around the globe.

Brazil Farmland: Emerging Market, Growing Opportunity


Land is a key resource in the agricultural production chain, and while world food, stock feed and bio-fuel demand is increasing, the global supply of arable land is shrinking.*

This imbalance underscores the investment logic of TIAA-CREF’s strategic acquisition, and responsible management, of prime agricultural land around the globe.

Through an extended network of dedicated agriculture and investment professionals, and working with established local partners, TIAA-CREF currently has a portfolio of farmland valued at approximately $2 billion*, comprising properties across the United States, Australia, Europe, and South America.


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TIAA-CREF began investing in timberland in 1998, before many other companies were even aware of the value of sustainable production.

Daily oil usage is expected to rise to over 100 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) by 2030 1; so, the market for oil, coal, natural gas, and alternative energy sources is steadily increasing.

Anticipating the economic momentum of sustainable food production, TIAA-CREF has established a portfolio of strategic agricultural assets in some of the world’s most productive areas. The organization has acquired more than 400 farms located across the U.S., Australia, Brazil, and Eastern Europe.

In the TIAA-CREF agriculture portfolio, social responsibility goes hand-in-hand with global investing. The organization’s analysts recognize the value of international investing in socially-responsible and environmentally-friendly ways. This idea pervades many of the organization’s investment decisions.