An intrepid investor’s response to the global food shortageEntrepreneurs are prone to imaginative recruitment, so when the invitation to pack my bags for Buenos Aires came through, it should not perhaps have taken me by surprise. I have known Jim Slater, the veteran investor-entrepreneur, for several years. We meet periodically to discuss the stock market or play bridge. But the idea that I might join forces with him to go scouting for farmland in South America was not something that had crossed my mind. It turned out, however, that Jim and his business partner Ian Watson were in the process of liquidating one of their ventures, a listed mining business called Galahad Gold, and were looking to repeat its success in agriculture — which they, in common with George Soros, Lord Rothschild and a number of other smart investors, believed would be the ‘next big thing’.