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2016 South American Crop Report

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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 a boom in sales of agrochemicals, fertilizers, new agricultural machinery, combine harvesters and tractors. In terms of sales of machinery, in…

Buenos Aires Silent Growth

As it happens in the 80 % of  South America most Argentines choose to live in urban areas. The city of Buenos Aires is the second most populous city in the continent and even if it is normally associated with buildings, people, traffic, noise; there is a key element that many times is ignored:  Our trees. As I lived in Europe, I was amazed by discovering that medieval cities didn’t count on having trees within their walls …  It was then, while crossing their narrow streets when I considered a famous…

Classic French Architecture in Buenos Aires

Classic French Architecture in Buenos Aires Buenos Aires’ luxury housing market can be found primarily in the more costly neighborhoods such as Barrio Parque, Belgrano, Palermo, Nuñez, Recoleta or Barrio Norte, where there is a concentration of older, stately buildings intermingled with modern, sophisticated high rises. Among the most exclusive are the Estrugamou, the Kavanagh, the Torre Le Parc Figueroa Alcorta, Chateau Libertador, Grand Bourg, and the Palacio Atucha, among others. Real estate prices at…

Trust Code Software prevents Fake Food Scams

New Zealand software has intercepted a batch of fake infant formula with ties to a Russian counterfeiting ring using a new technology called Trust Codes. Trust Codes was developed to tackle the burgeoning market for counterfeit food and has now nabbed its first fraudsters, when the scam was just a few hours old. The software uses QR codes to certify that a product is genuine. When a customer scans a code with their smart phone, the product’s origin and authenticity is instantly verified. If a fake product…

IMF says Uruguays growth increase is up 700% in 2016

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday says Uruguay’s growth increase is up 700% this year to 0.7%, a substantial increase from the 0.1% estimated in October,  underlining the country’s resilience to the problems of its big neighbors Argentina and Brazil. Uruguay has demonstrated considerable resilience in the face of recessions in its two large neighbors. Prudent macroeconomic policies, strong institutions, and success in diversifying its markets and products within the dominant agriculture…

Confectionery giant the Ferrero Group to boost Chilean hazelnut plantings in 2017

The Ferrero Group, is one of the market leaders of the confectionery industry ( cholate coated nuts ),  and continues to strengthen its presence in the hazelnut market in order to guarantee and further improve the quality of a leading raw material that gives a unique taste to many of its popular products, such as Nutella, Ferrero Rocher and Kinder Bueno. In this regard it  has announced it will expand its Chilean hazelnut plantings next year, with total hectarage expected to pass the 4,000 mark. Ferrero…

Are you looking at opening a new company in Uruguay ?

There are only three legal options for operating a foreign business to operate in Uruguay, they are: the Sociedad Anonima or “SA”, a partnership limited by shares (a corporation) the Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada or “SRL” or “Ltda.”, a limited liability company. the Unipersonal, a sole proprietorship. This article describes some of the basic characteristics of these business structures, as well as the options available to open them. What type of business structure…

Argentina: RenovAr 1.5 Doubles the Allocation

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RenovAr 1.5 has doubled the amount of MWh announced for tender. In this way, it has exceeded the most optimistic forecasts. On 25 November, at a press conference in the micro cinema of the Palace of Hacienda, the Minister of Energy and Mining of Argentina presented the results of the tenders. Among the facts that the government had taken into account when tendering such an amount, it was decided, as an underlying premise, to take advantage of the excellent reception of the program among investors, both domestic…

Dakar Rally 2017 in South America: 9,000kms in Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina

The Dakar Rally 2017 in South America rally will be raced January 2017 from the 2nd -14th  in Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina over nearly 9,000 kms of roads, tracks and dunes, with a stop in high-altitude Boliva. The official presentation and the route details for the 2017 edition of the Dakar Rally were unveiled this week at a ceremony in Paris. With the addition of Paraguay, the Dakar will visit the 29th country in its history and the 5th on the South American continent, but as Paraguay makes its entry into…

Global Trust in Sustainable Agriculture is the Next big opportunity – Rabobank

The biggest value creation opportunity for those in the  agricultural sector is to be seen as a globally trusted source of sustainably produced products, says a new Rabobank report on the sector ie Sustainable Agriculture. The Sustainable Returns: Finding the value in Environmental Sustainability the  report says improved environmental practices can deliver an immediate monetary benefit, through price premiums, and long-term strategic advantages. Report author Blake Holgate said many consumers now consider…

Buenos Aires Hot Spots for visitors and locals alike

Buenos Aires has become a ‘bucket list’ destination for the young at heart from all over the world in recent years but the hot spots for visitors and locals alike had not changed much over the past 20 years. However, with the country under a new government, the pulse of the city has increased even more with many new popular spots on offer.  Here are a selection given to me by locals. If  you have enjoyed a great experience in Buenos Aires which is not on the list, please add it in the comments…

A Contemporary Beach House in Uruguay with Unique Characteristics

Located in the middle of a natural reserve with great forest extensions, countryside views and virgin beaches, you’ll find Casa  Calmo, a stunning contemporary beach house. The location is called San Antonio de la Pedrera, 10 min north of La Pedrera (Rocha, Uruguay), a charming little town on the ocean’s edge. It is a young resort with solitary summer houses spread over 4km of an immense forest where pine trees, native trees and spices, vast dunes and virgin and inspiring beaches reign. The force…

Algodon Wines & Luxury Development Group: Riding The Young Argentinian Credit Bull

Argentina: A Young Credit Bull is Born… There are few better times to invest – period but especially in “higher risk” opportunities – than during a “leverage-on” part of the credit cycle. Put simply, very early credit cycle investments have something of a derisking inherent in them by way of credit expansion providing investment multiple expansion (for both real and financial assets) as well as leverage-driven demand of underlying assets (generally driven by inflows of…

Argentina: Successful Tenders in the Renewable Energy round

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The renewable energy tenders scenario in Argentina has taken a significant turn this year. The official website of the government says: “The clean energy industry is today one of the most dynamic in the world, with an average annual growth rate of 36% during the last six years and investments for US$ 257 billion … “ Argentina’s energy matrix comes mostly from fossil fuels like gas and oil – 87%. Until 2010, Argentina had surpluses that allowed it to export gas. Two factors have…

The 10 most important rules for investing in agriculture

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Rule 1. Only invest in countries that are investor-friendly: Agricultural investments require a medium to long-term view. A typical investment in mainstream agriculture will require 70-80% of your investment to go into land. There is no need to add to these risks by going into countries where you put your capital at risk. This rules out most of Africa, Eastern Europe and parts of Asia. Rule 2. Countries with low, preferably no, subsidies for agricultural. Subsidies can be alluring because they can be seen…