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Brazil makes it easier for foreigners to buy farmland again

The chairmanship of the Agriculture Caucus in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies  aims to turn back the clock on the rules concerning foreign ownership of his country’s farmland. Five years ago, Brazil’s Attorney General Office issued a new interpretation of an old, business-friendly rule that made it harder for foreign companies to buy the country’s farmland. They did it in reaction to growing concerns that foreigners were slowly taking over that vital national resource. Frustrated and well-meaning…

Brazil to allow foreign lenders to hold land

Foreign lenders and investors are eagerly awaiting a change of law in Brazil, after finance minister Henrique Meirelles suggested they would be allowed to use land as collateral in trade finance and other loans from March onwards.< In a televised interview with local news outlet Globo, Meirelles explained that the government was ready to re-establish the right to fiduciary lien – allowing the transfer of land ownership to lenders in case of default – for foreigners by March 15. The move involves changing…

‘The 17th edition of the Latin American Business Environment Report

The 17th edition of the Latin American Business Environment Report (LABER) represents the first edition in which principal authorship was assumed by Brian Gendreau, the new director of the University of Florida’s Latin American Business Environment Program. Timothy McLendon will continue to author the legal environment section. With a new author come some changes in appearance and focus, as well as the introduction of two Latin American countries in the Caribbean (Cuba and Haiti). The most obvious change…

Emerging markets soar as investors turn off ‘America First’ President Trumps Policies

Predictions about the future of financial markets went badly astray last November when Donald Trump was unexpectedly elected president. The “Trump bump” hasn’t just been a bonanza for US investors. Most predictions back before November 8 were for shares to plummet with the defeat of Hillary Clinton and that emerging markets exporting to the US would be hit hardest. In South America Argentina, Chile and Uruguay were pointed out by so called experts as the ones that would be most affected. This was due…

Food Security report points out the Farming needs for a ‘sustainable intensification’

The quest to feed the world’s rapidly growing population over the next 40 years needs a front loaded approach to funding agricultural research, according to a report on food security released recently. New science and technologies are among the tools needed to achieve a huge ‘sustainable intensification’ of agriculture aimed at feeding the nine billion people expected to inhabit the planet by 2050, says ‘The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainability’,…

Opinion: The 10 biggest Latin America market entry blunders

Over the last 25 years, Americas Market Intelligence senior consultants have led more than 2,000 client engagements in Latin America. Along the way, we have witnessed many a blunder when it comes to entering markets in Latin America. To help companies learn from the mistakes we’ve observed while conducting market research, competitive intelligence and analysing Latin American risk, we created a top 10 list of market entry mistakes. As Latin America returns to growth in 2017, we hope these market entry tips…

Doing business in Latin America America – World Bank Report

This work is a product of the staff of The World Bank with external contributions. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in this work do not necessarily reflect the views of The World Bank, its Board of Executive Directors, or the governments they represent. The World Bank does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this work. The boundaries, colors, denominations, and other information shown on any map in this work do not imply any judgment on the part of The World Bank concerning…