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China’s trade with Latin America grew in 2011

The value of China’s trade with Latin America rose 31.5 percent last year to $241.5 billion, a senior Chinese official said. Exchanges between the Asian giant and Latin America totaled just $10 billion as recently as 11 years ago, Chinese Trade Ministry Counselor Yu Zhong Lu told foreign correspondents in Beijing. China exported $121.7 billion…

Agricultural Exports Increase from Peru’s Coastal Deserts

For Peru, agriculture has always been about water and finding inventive ways to capture it. Examples from prehistory include the terraced gardens of the Huari people, the underground aqueducts of the Nazcas, and systems of reservoirs and canals used by the Incas to irrigate their mountain fields. #adp02 Those ancients would be in awe of how…

Grupo Los Grobo says Brazil IPO will have to wait

Argentina’s leading agricultural conglomerate, Grupo Los Grobo, is keeping its planned initial public offering on stand-by as market conditions are not yet suitable. Los Grobo President Gustavo Grobocopatel said in an interview in the coastal city of Cartagena, where he is attending a hemispheric summit, that the company’s IPO plans…

Brazil to lead world in biotech crops

Brazil is on course to dislodge the United States as the world’s top producer of biotech crops in the coming years, a leading promoter of farm biotechnology said Tuesday. The US currently holds the lead with 69 million hectares (170 million acres) under biocrop cultivation in 2011, ahead of Brazil with 30.3 million, Argentina with 23.7 million and India with…

Brazil expects to export large amounts of banana

Brazil expects to export large amounts of banana Minas Gerais banana production in 2012 is around 657 thousand tons, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistic (IBGE). According to the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Supplies (SEAPA), a raise of 1% on the previous season is the estimation, after a series of small yearly…

Want more startups? learn from Chile

The foreigners will take our jobs away! Only the Nicaraguans will come! You can’t build a Silicon Valley without venture capital. These were just a few of the arguments from opponents of a government program I helped create in 2010 to boost local entrepreneurship in Chile. The program, called Start-Up Chile, seemed crazy at the time. Give $40,000 to startups…