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Chile battles devastating wildfires and asks for International help

Devastating wildfires that have destroyed more than half a million hectares in Chile retreated somewhat Sunday, with the help of U.S. and Russian supertanker aircraft and the arrival of specialist teams from other countries. There were 118 fires of which 59 were active, an official from the National Forest Corporation said. Chilean authorities…

Is Argentina Going Green ?

Energías Renovables en Argentina
After much hype, the government launched RenovAR earlier this year, to promote investment in the country’s renewables sector. Zach Marzouk sat down with three industry experts to see how much of this talk would lead to a concrete greener path for the country’s energy sector. September saw the first RenovAr auction, a programme launched by the Macri administration to encourage…

Cafayate Wine Trails

The main route to Cafayate, Route 68 (a very good road, easy driving 186km), has perhaps the most dramatic scenery in the entire North West of Argentina. It’s like seeing all of the dramatic scenery of the western USA crammed into one relatively short drive. Cafayate is beautiful and does show you an authentic small Argentine town, but the culture is very much”VINOcultura”…

Brazil Worries the ‘China of South America’ Is Eating Its Lunch

Brazilians are starting to have second thoughts about the business El Dorado next door which is becoming the China of South America. Low taxes, low wages and low overheads are driving the Paraguayan government’s ambition to become the “China of South America”: a low-cost manufacturing hub that attracts investment from across the region.…

Global and Corporate Dairy News

Rabobank: Further upside to price rally: According to Rabobank’s “Dairy Quarterly Q4 2016” report regarding dairy news, the current rally in global dairy markets has more upside, as significant recovery in output and export availability will be postponed until the second half of 2017, despite improving producer payouts. However, a further strengthening of the…

2016 South American Crop Report

image of South American crops
Reports of the grain harvest in South America in 2016 are most satisfactory. Although the realities of the local markets: adverse weather, high input costs and unfavourable exchange rates, do not allow us to say that all crop types have had a good year, on average they did. Below are the details, country by country. Argentina The reality in Argentina is indicated by…