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CDPQ, CEFC back $200m sustainable agriculture platform

Substantial new global capital to help spearhead greener farming

The CEFC and global investment group CDPQ have created an award-winning sustainable agricultural platform to drive down emissions and improve sustainability across the sector.


sustainable farming platform


CEFC investment



Through this partnership as part of our Sustainable Land Management strategy, we are reaffirming our commitment to investing alongside organisations that are truly moving the needle on sustainability in the agricultural sector by contributing to its decarbonisation.
Emmanuel Jaclot
Executive Vice-President and Head of Infrastructure, CDPQ

Our investment

The CEFC and global investment group CDPQ have created a $200 million sustainable agricultural platform to drive down emissions and improve sustainability across the sector.

The Wilga Farming platform has received global recognition, with Agri Investor naming it Farmland Deal of the Year – Global and Farmland Deal of the Year – Asia Pacific in its 2023 Agri Awards.

The $150 million CDPQ investment in Wilga Farming brings substantial new capital to spearhead the investment push needed to help Australian farming decarbonise while also boosting farm production.

With an additional $50 million investment from the CEFC, the $200 million platform is managed by Gunn Agri Partners, an established, mid-market sustainable agriculture manager with a strong commitment to improved sustainability across production systems and landscapes.

CDPQ and the CEFC have acquired a minority stake in Gunn Agri Partners, to help shape future sustainable agriculture and natural capital strategies, catalysing the decarbonisation of Gunn Agri’s extensive existing portfolio.

The CEFC is also an investor in the Gunn Agri Transforming Farming Platform, alongside the global Kempen SDG Farmland Fund.

This CDPQ investment is a welcome addition to the Australian market, to demonstrate the potential for institutional capital to drive the decarbonisation of agriculture. We believe there is enormous untapped potential for new investment in a sustainable future for agriculture as part of a net zero economy.
Heechung Sung
Head of Natural Capital, CEFC


our impact

Showcasing regenerative farming

The Wilga Farming platform aims to fast track the uptake of low emissions technologies, carbon sequestration on agricultural land and measures to improve climate adaptability to make farming more resilient.

It works to demonstrate the benefits of regenerative farming and help position the sector to capture the economic opportunities of the clean energy transition.

The platform secured The Glen, a 1200-hectare property near Delungra in northern NSW, as a seed asset and has identified a range of initiatives to reduce its emissions, including:  

  • reduced use of synthetic fertiliser  
  • improved landscape function to slow overland water flows  
  • the implementation of grazing management  
  • soil carbon improvements. 

Wilga Farming has subsequently acquired the Burmah Aggregation north-east of Warilda in NSW and Nortongong Aggregation which consists of properties near Coonamble and Dubbo in central western NSW.   

The three assets cover some 20,000 hectares of mixed farmland. Wilga Farming has a strategy to manage assets in NSW, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria. 

The DNA of our business is to be completely investor-aligned, to capture timely opportunities and to develop and operate assets with sustainability as a fundamental part of our management.
Bill Gunn
Founding Chair, Gunn Agri Partners

Emissions and natural capital 

Australian natural capital is dominated by the agriculture sector, which accounts for 55 per cent of Australia’s land use, across diverse conditions and a highly variable climate. The sector, which produces some 17 per cent of national emissions, is uniquely exposed to climate extremes.

With methane emissions and fertiliser use the main contributors to its carbon footprint, the agriculture sector is considered ‘hard to abate’ because it cannot make substantial emissions reduction through energy transition alone.

However, the sector is uniquely placed to undertake nature-based sequestration activities to aid its own transition while contributing to emissions reduction in other hard to abate sectors.



Sustainable agriculture with Wilga Farming

The CEFC and global investment group CDPQ have created a sustainable agricultural platform Wilga Farming, managed by Gunn Agri Partners. This video highlights how Wilga Farming is seeking to drive down emissions and improve sustainability across the agricultural sector.

Last updated April 2024. National, Natural capital, Energy efficiency
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