Corporate advisors, Asia and Australia.

AFG Venture Group has expertise in Australia and New Zealand in food and beverage production, marketing and distribution as well as more generally in global agribusiness.

World food security

Since the mid-20th century, the world has been losing its ability to soften the effect of food shortages, grain surpluses or idle cropland that have been previously available for planting to resolve food crises are rapidly diminishing.

The new food economics of 2012: Scarcity is the norm, prices are climbing, but the impact is not at all being felt equally. The result: world food security is increasingly dominating global politics.

The Drivers: Growing World Demand

A global increase in food demand is being driven by population growth combined with economic development and diet changes driving changes in diet composition and consumption levels. In addition, underlying world growth has been consistently stronger than anticipated in recent years implying increased global demand for agricultural products.

The future world demand for food will place huge pressure on global food systems.

Asia Pacific

Two-thirds of the world’s middle classes, or more than 3 billion people, will reside in the Asia Pacific region by 2030 and most of them will be found in either India or China.

By 2030 the Asia Pacific will account for nearly 60 percent of global middle class spending of more than $55 trillion. India and China will come to dominate this spending, with a little help from the rest of the Asia Pacific region.

The Result: Increasing food prices

The UN and World Bank forecast that higher food prices will result from the failure of global food production to keep pace with growing world demand.

Population growth, per capita income growth and changing diets, climatic variability, limitations on arable land and water, distorted global food trade, biofuel feedstock demand and falling investment in agriculture in developing countries—especially in agricultural research—will compound this trend.

The growth in World demand for food is outstripping growth in supply and has led to, and will lead to further, significant recent increases in food prices.

The Australian Advantage

Our competitive advantages include our proximity to Asia, an immediate advantage over most other western economies, logistical (including being in the same time zone as China) and healthy political and economic ties with most Asian countries, all big drawcards for Australian agricultural exports.

Our natural strengths include vast tracks of arable and farming land compared to the size of our population. Australia is also strong in innovation.

As such, Australian agribusiness is perfectly placed to access the major economies of east and south Asia, the centres of world economic growth, underpinned by a rapidly expanding Asian middle class.

The Opportunity: Australian Agriculture

In Australia, demographic changes as the workforce ages are resulting in a natural loss of participants, creating a potential ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to restructure Australia’s agriculture and food industries.

With a projected growth in the Australian population giving us many more mouths to feed; a global human population growing to 9 billion by 2050, an increasing middle class in the region and a commensurate increase in demand for Australian food – the opportunities are obvious.

By 2020, the Australian Farm Institute estimates that Asia will be importing an additional 5.2 million tonnes of dairy products, 1.9 million tonnes of beef and 1.1 million tonnes of chicken from other countries. This increase in imports represents 50 percent of Australia’s current dairy production, 86 percent of beef production and 140 percent of chicken meat production.

Opportunities will include meat, seafood, horticultural produce, speciality food products and ‘clean and sustainable’ produce as well as staple grains and fibres.


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Key Specialists

Faisal Badroen - International Specialist Advisor

Faisal Badroen has over 20 years experience in senior leadership positions at a number of Indonesia's most prestigious financial institutions and education facilities, including the role of Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the State Islamic University. More recently Faisal has focused on corporate advisory activities relating to financial and corporate restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions. These activities have allowed Faisal to utilise his extensive network of contacts throughout the government, financial services and education sectors. [more...]

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Lindley Edwards - AFG VG Group CEO

Lindley Edwards is a specialist adviser in merger, acquisition, divestments, fund raising, strategic consulting and licensing for growth in public and private companies.

She has a track record of successful advising to private and public companies. Previously Lindley was a State Manager (Vice-President) with Citibank. Prior to this position she spent nine years with Macquarie Bank and was an Associate Director with the Corporate Banking Division. Lindley has also worked on a secondment basis for Boston Consulting Group and for the Victorian State Government Project.

She is an accountant and a Senior Fellow of FINSIA. Lindley holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Accounting and the other in Banking and Finance. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Governance of ASX List [more...]

Glen Robinson - Director and Head of Asia Advisory

Glen Robinson has spent the last 21 years focussing on the establishment and development of cross border alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the manufacturing, processing and distribution areas, and particularly targeted to Asia.

These corporate advisory activities are based on more than 20 years' experience in management consultancy, and he has worked with a wide range of industries from agriculture, government through to manufacturing, distribution and service industries. He initially gained his Asian experience as chief executive officer for the Asian subsidiaries and joint ventures of a major international manufacturing and marketing organisation.


Elizabeth Bergin - Associate Director

Elizabeth Bergin is a former lawyer in the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department and has worked for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Australia's Foreign Affairs Department on its aid program with Indonesia. Mrs Sinodinos has helped a number of Australian businesses to develop their market share, and to navigate export markets, in particular into the Asian region.