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Why there will be water wars sooner than you think

Water has become a real issue as the people around the world are finding out more and more.  New techniques for desalinating ocean waters might be an answer and  this might solve the problem of rising ocean levels!  Here is a great article from Simon Black who reports on some astounding data from around the world. Shanghai, China A few days ago I had a conversation with the Chief Operating Officer for our agricultural fund in Chile. We were discussing water, and he told me that roughly 60% of California…

How to negotiate successfully, What everyone should know

What should people know about negotiating an agreement, job position, sale, or in any other situation? Here are some of the most common mistakes? Most things in life are negotiable & you can improve your negotiation skills with four easy tips. I’ve spent the majority of my career negotiating and training other people to negotiate. Along the way I’ve made plenty of mistakes and learned that negotiation can often be improved by actually doing the opposite of what I originally think I should do.…

Brazil still needs to be on investors radar

The country is set to be the number one agricultural powerhouse globally within a few years. The UN forecast Brazil will become the world’s largest foods exporter by 2020, while the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) put the potential farmland available in the country at 400 million hectares, of which only 50 million (12.5%) is being utilized. Brazil has as much spare farmland as the next two largest countries on the list combined – the US and Russia. Linked to this is Brazil’s ownership of 15% of…

Union Agriculture Group (UGA)

The Uruguayan Union Agriculture Group (UGA) may have got its timing wrong in buying El Tejars farm assets in Uruguay it seems in hindsight. The seller was El Tejar who was one of the largest rural players in South America and took the opportunity to sell all its Uruguay farms ( 67,000 ha ) as it thought the market had peaked to its larger competitor UGA. UGA can now boost around 172,000 ha in total. However the idea of then UGA creating an initial public offering (IPO ) with the combined acreage has become…

A Brazilian town desperate for men full of beautiful young women. What is the catch ?

Believe it or no but there is a small Brazilian town suffering from a serious man drought has made an appeal for eligible bachelors. The population of Noiva do Cordeiro in southeast Brazil consists of more than 600 beautiful single women aged between 20 and 35. The remote settlement was founded in the 1890s, when a young woman and her family were excommunicated from the Catholic church after she was accused of adultery. Shocking behaviour.  In some cultures she would have been stoned to death. They were joined…

Why the smart money is still Investing in Uruguay today?

Uruguay is a small country that staunchly defends its constitutional democracy, its political pluralism and the individual liberties and its inhabitants. Consequently, on an international level, it has received a large degree of credibility, and has been recognized by diverse organisms as one of the safest place to invest in Latin America. Uruguay is divided administratively into 19 departments, totaling 176,210 square kilometers, making it the second smallest country in the region. It borders Brazil (to the…

Startups businesses surge in South America

(This article was written by Mark Lennon and Christine Magee and was published on July 1, 2014 on CrunchBase, for which they work as analysts.) Winter is coming in South America, but for investors and entrepreneurs things are starting to heat up across the continent. New tech communities are sprouting up in South America to serve the 200M+ population that is increasingly reliant on internet and mobile technology.  In June the accelerator program Start-Up Chile announced Generation Ten, its latest batch of…

Buenos Aires Bikers Corner – The Best 6 spots to buy or repair your bike

In the past few years Buenos Aires has really started to compete with cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin and Copenhagen with it’s constantly improving bike-friendly reputation. Although not yet quite as renowned for it, Buenos Aires, is becoming more accessible for bikers and bike lanes can be seen on the majority of the cities roads. Previously both bikers and drivers would have been extremely wary as it would have been difficult for drivers to put up with them and frightening for bikers travelling the chaotic…

An indepth report on the wine industry in Chile and its relevance to its competitors

The Chilean wine industry: New international strategies for 2020 Christian Felzensztein 1. Introduction The Chilean wine industry has undergone numerous and profound transformations over the past 30 years – its quality revolution led by the complete technological renovation during the 1980s, the export boom of the 1990s, and the new terroir developments during the 2000 decade. This transformation has allowed a new generation of talented viticulturists and winemakers to capitalize on Chile’s viticultural…

Argentina’s rational default ?

Argentina has long been guilty of fiscal mismanagement: it first reneged on a government bond in 1828, and it has bilked its lenders repeatedly ever since. In recent years, the populist government of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has reinforced this reputation by doctoring inflation statistics, expropriating pension funds and an oil company, and blocking Argentines from buying foreign currency. So when Argentina defaulted on its public debt, last week, the familiar narrative about Latin America’s…

Regal Residences Of Yesteryear in Buenos Aires

In the 1920’s Argentina had the 5th largest economy in the world due to the wealth and abundance of its agricultural exports.  During this period many of the cities finest buildings were constructed mainly in the center of the city and Recoleta.  These buildings were built by European architects and modeled predominantly on French style architecture typically found in Paris.  Many of these beautiful buildings still stand to this day and can be seen all over the city but especially in the Recoleta district,…

Buenos Aires, city of bookstores

Buenos Aires is a city of bookstores. They can be big and luxurious on the main avenues, discount, or sell antique books in the suburbs. Their appeal for tourists is in the history they represent and the cultural and leisure space they offer. Another interesting feature in many city bookstores is that they are located in national landmarks. Visiting the bookstores in Buenos Aires, searching their shelves, talking to their booksellers, are ways to know and understand the city and its traditions. Many bookstores…