Investing in soft commodities
Agricultural or 'soft' commodities include edible goods such as sugar, coffee and wheat, and textile raw materials, such as cotton. Private investors have increasingly been able to play these once-obscure markets through specialist funds.
Prices of agricultural produce have continued to slide, with little hope of a recovery any time soon.
The world needs more and more water, but the ready supply is drying up. Investors can profit as governments act, says James McKeigue. Here, he tips the best shares to buy now.
Coffee is the second most widely traded commodity in the world by volume. And demand is soaring. Dominic Frisby looks at the best way to profit.