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AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENTS IN PARAGUAY: FARMING SYNDICATES OR INDIVIDUAL OWNERSHIP?

The word has been out for some time: there is a country in South America where grasses grow as tall as cattle horns and crops yield 50% more than in the pampas. Paradise? No, Paraguay Inland of the continent at the Tropic of Capricorn latitude, Paraguay is bordered by mighty rivers Paraná, Paraguay and Pilcomayo that give it access to the Atlantic Ocean. Its namesake river divides the country in two distinct regions. On the left bank, the eastern region concentrating most of the countries riches, urban settlements…

Book Review: Inside Fidel Castro’s double life as a drug kingpin

Book Review: Inside Fidel Castro’s double life as a drug kingpin For 17 years, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez served as a bodyguard to Fidel Castro. But when he became disillusioned with the Cuban dictator’s hypocrisy and tried to retire in 1994, Castro had him thrown in prison. Sanchez made 10 attempts to escape the island, finally making it to Mexico by boat, then across the Texas border in 2008. Now he reveals all in his new book, “The Double Life of Fidel Castro.” In this excerpt, Sanchez explains how he…

Puerto Varas or Little Germany

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Could be a Little Germany Puerto Varas and its surrounding rolling farmland treat you to breathtaking views of valleys, vineyards, productive farms and of course the volcanoes. As most of you know the most active volcano, the 6,500 foot Calbuco has erupted again after 50 years of inactivity. Fortunately for Chileans and unfortunately for Argentines the Westerly winds blow most of the Ash over Argentina leaving this beautiful town unaffected. Those villages closer to the epicenter are not so lucky. Strolling…

Brazilian agribusiness push for reversal of foreign purchase bans

Brazilian farmers push for reversal of foreign purchase ban Be careful what you wish for… In what looks a sign of the extent of the reversal in agriculture’s fortunes, farmers in Brazil – which four years ago introduced restrictions on foreign ownership of farmland for fear of a wave of inward investment – are asking for the shackles to be loosened. The Sociedade Rural Brasileira (SRB), which represents large- and medium-scale farmers, has opened a legal battle to open up land purchases…

Argentina: Climate change affecting wine production

Government report: Climate change affecting wine production Argentina’s world famous wine industry is under threat from climate change. The Andean region — where the wine is mainly produced — is set to become one of the most affected by global warming, according to a report by the Energy Secretariat that was released yesterday. The region, which includes Mendoza, San Juan, La Rioja, Catamarca, Salta and Jujuy, is on track to experience higher temperatures, more frequent and longer heat waves and…

Chile’s farmland is still some of the most undervalued in the world

Chile’s farmland is still some of the most undervalued in the world In the world of investing, there’s a lot to be said for buying undervalued farm assets. Occasionally the market provides some incredible opportunities to pick up high quality assets so cheap that, to paraphrase acclaimed investor Jim Rogers, all you have to do is walk over and pick up the money lying in the corner. One of the benefits of traveling the world so extensively is that I’m constantly exposed to these sorts of opportunities.…