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Brazil’s private equity firm ABF partners with farmland investor Agrifirma to launch new joint venture

  Agrifirma is a modern farmland operating and development company, founded in 2008 by financier Lord Rothschild, corporate raider Jim Slater and hedge fund manager Hugh Sloane. The company produces coffee, cotton, corn and soybeans in South America farm fields with state-of-the-art technology.…

Argentina aims to produce 160 million tons of grain by 2020

According to the strategic plan (known as “PEA”) recently announced by President Cristina Kirchner, Argentina aims to produce 160 million tons of grain, amounting to $100 billion in exports, by 2020. The plan has been developed by representatives from 23 provinces, 53 universities, agricultural schools, business associations,…

Argentine wines big winners at Decanter World Wine Awards

Argentina has triumphed at the Decanter World Wine Awards, winning the most International Trophies of any single country in the history of the competition. The Decanter World Wine Awards were presented at a dramatic dinner and ceremony in the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden last night, attended by the cream of the…

Adriana Zaefferer – Artista Real en Argentina

# Adp03Adriana Zaefferer knows no masters painting or art schools, either contests or prizes. “The truth is I’m not interested; for me, I just like to paint, “says the interviewee in the meeting at his home in San Isidro, while a trio of purrs around cats and she apologizes for newly arrived holiday South Argentina and does not even…

Brazil´s JBS leads the way on feedlot livestock

  JBS SA led the way in 2010 in total cattle in feedlots with 168,772 animals, according to the survey. The company moved up from third in BeefPoint’s cattle confinement rankings from 2009. BRF Brasil Foods, which ranked ninth in cattle confinement among the top 50 sector businesses in 2009, moved up to sixth in 2010. Marfrig did not participate…

More foreigners investing in vineyards in Mendoza

Aziz Abdul has come a long way from his humble background in Asia to build a sprawling wine chateau in this beautiful Andean nation that is home to star footballers like Digeo Maradona and Lionel Messi. Born to a Tamil father and a half-Vietnamese mother, Aziz can speak fluent Spanish and Vietnamese. ‘I am a foreigner in any country’,…

Shale oil and natural gas to be developed in Argentina’s Neuquen basin

Exxon Mobil Corp, the largest US oil company, will spend as much as 76.3 million dollars to explore and develop shale oil and natural gas in Argentina with Americas Petrogas Inc. Exxon will gain a 45% stake in Americas Petrogas’s Los Toldos blocks, which cover 163,500 acres in the Neuquen Basin, Calgary-based Americas Petrogas…

Tax Changes for Small Businesses in Brazil

 Tax Changes for Small Businesses in Brazil By Helen Trouten Torres Brazil’s Federal program of tax incentives for micro and small businesses, Simples Nacional or Super Simples, is close to raising its threshold to increases the number of participants. The plans were launched last week by President Dilma Rousseff and are expected to be passed quickly…

Why is George Soros Selling Gold and Buying Farmland

WHY IS GEORGE SOROS SELLING GOLD AND BUYING FARMLAND? By Mike Adams – August 14, 2011 Food prices are skyrocketing all across the globe, and there’s no end in sight. The United Nations says food inflation is currently at 30% a year, and the fast-eroding value of the dollar is causing food prices to appear even higher (in contrast to a…

Renewed UK interest in South America

In political terms, apart from the Falkland Islands issue, UK relations with South America have been generally positive and “recent visits from U.K. government representatives hint at a renewed interest in South America”, according to Juliana Bertazzo, an associate at the London School of Economics and an associate fellow at the Institute for the Study of…

Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Setting Up Your Business In Brazil

By Brian Warren | articlesnatch.com Brazil brings to mind the images of soccer or the Amazon or the carnival. Although a small fraction, it is indeed a part of what makes Brazil. It is the largest country in South America in land mass and population, and shares borders with ten neighboring nations. Being rich and diverse in natural…

Chile among ten countries with lowest default risk

In the Sovereign Risk Index 2011 published by the BlackRock Investment Institute, Chile ranked ahead of all other emerging and Latin American economies. Positioned among the ten countries with the lowest default risk, it also ranked close to Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, the world leaders in financial responsibility. “While most countries have…

Farmland Investments Overview

With stock markets gyrating wildly and bonds offering little reward, investors are pouring billions into farms; you can’t eat gold Perry Vieth baled hay on a neighbor’s farm in Wisconsin for two summers during high school in 1972 and 1973. The grueling labor left him with no doubt about getting a college degree so that he’d never have to work as hard…

Brazil’s dairy sector seeks a comeback

Source: U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) In 2008, Brazil looked well on its way to becoming a significant player on the world dairy market. Export volumes had more than doubled over a two-year stretch to 1.1 million tons. The country posted a record dairy trade surplus (more than 630,000 tons) when only six years earlier it had run a 1-million-ton deficit.…

Brazil´s Soy Boom drives an expansion of the railway networks

Despite challenges like high interest rates and high household electricity tariffs, the Brazilian economy has been growing at the highest rates seen in decades. Another problem that, although it has not stood in the way of growth, must be overcome is the costly use of roads for transporting farm products – an issue that is being…