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The Chinese give Latin America’s lessons on how they see the world

This article was written by Sean W. Burges, senior associate at the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies at the Australian National University and was published in The Australian on 5 December) JUST a few weeks after the Australian government launched its Asian Century white paper, the Brazil-China Business Council ran a major one-day conference in Sao Paulo to discuss the challenges and opportunities of China. While Australia received only passing mention, the larger context of the discussions…

Adecoagro Data raises fears over Argentine farmland prices

Adecoagro, the South American farm operator backed by George Soros and Dwight Anderson, said that growth in the value of its huge land portfolio slowed to 5.6%, fuelling concerns over the impact of Argentine curbs on foreign investors. The farm operator in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay said that its 285,787-hectare landbank – an area bigger than Luxembourg – had been valued by independent surveyors at $938.0m, as of the end of September. Excluding disposals, that represented an uplift of $49.3m, or 5.6%,…

State of the art dairy farm in Uruguay with 8.000 milking cows and self generating power

A state of the art dairy farm with 8.000 milking cows that will export powder milk, create 300 qualified jobs and generate its own energy from the animals’ dung is scheduled to open its first phase next April in Durazno, Uruguay. demanding over 160 million dollars and belongs to Argentine tycoon Alejandro Bulgheroni who has been investing heavily in Uruguay. He also owns olive plantations, vineyards and a winery with his brand name. Durazno Mayor Benjamín Irazabal said that finally after two years all…

Famed economist Tim Harcourt talks Peru, Latin America

Luis Davelouis Lengua for El Comercio Around here, listening to visiting international academics telling us that Peru is going in the right direction, that it is an example and that there is still much to be done has become commonplace, and therefore, obvious and boring. The well-known Australian economist Time Harcourt (author of the best-selling Airport Economist) is a very nice guy, who seems, at first impression, unable to say anything negative about anyone, even Hitler. Appearances lie. In your presentation,…

The Brazilian Law on Money Laundering – take precuations!

        This article was written by Adler Martins, a law graduate from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and also an MBA graduate from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas,.and was published in October.) Brazil has recently altered its money laundering law. The new bill has tightened the government’s grip on most of the investment operations and has significantly broadened financial institutions’ and investment brokers’ duties to report suspicious activities. Since the reporting…

Is Brazil the reservoir of future agricultural productive capacity?

The following article was published by Dorvers, CattleNnetwork and refers to the agriculture potential of Latin America and Mercosur’s largest economy, Brazil. The column sources are Daryll E. Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.) Back in 2001, we estimated that Brazil could bring 200 to 300 million acres of land into agricultural production—an area equal to the US acreage involved in major crop production. Two years later the, USDA Foreign…