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Latin America: agricultural perspectives

The Latin American region is an important net exporter of food and agricultural commodities, accounting for 16% of total global food and agriculture exports and 4% of total food and agriculture imports. The region is one of the few parts of the world with significant resources of unexploited agricultural land (concentrated in Brazil and Argentina), suggesting the region will continue to play a pivotal role in global food production and exports in the future. Many of the region´s countries have achieved…

Investment in Agriculture

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Investment in agriculture and food has a wide priority for the global economy, comparable only to environmental issues. Analysing the sector in 2015, [1] McKinsey determined that, “if current trends continue, by 2050, caloric demand will increase by 70%, and crop demand for human consumption and animal feed will increase by at least 100%. At the same time, more resource constraints will emerge: for example, 40% of water demand in 2030 is unlikely to be met. Already, more than 20% of arable land is degraded”.…

The Next Major Tool for Precision Agriculture: Real-time Protein Monitoring ?

There is a new breakthrough in Digital Farming Crop Scan Ag Solutions It has been forecast that the world will need to increase the production of grains and oilseeds by 30% by 2050 in order to feed the 9 billion people that will inhabit the planet. A major tool available to the agriculture ecosystem to achieve this task is Precision Agriculture. The US Dept of Agriculture defines of Precision Agriculture as. “ a management system that is information and technology based, is site specific and uses one…

Brazil: Hague Service Convention Now in Force

The HCCH’s Convention of 15 November 1965 on theService Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (commonly known as the “Hague Service Convention”) is in already in force in Brazil for internal law purposes. Brazil deposited its instruments of accession on 29 November 2018 and on 21 March 2019 the Presidential Decree (Decree 9,734/2019) was published in the Federal Gazette, making the Convention binding on Brazil. This was a very quick process…

Now is the time to be scouring the Market for good Real Estate investments to protect your future

As we get older, it seems the hands of time are ticking faster. Every day that passes translates to one less day we have to fulfill our dreams. This is a realistic statement that begs the question: “What do we want to do with the rest of the time we have left on the planet?” For me, it’s easier to state what I don’t want to do and there is a list of behaviors and people I want to avoid: People who can’t make decisions. – Procrastinators People whose actions don’t follow…

Thinking of Selling Real Estate Here are the top 10 Real Estate Myths Debunked

Myth #1: The most successful real estate salespeople are born, not made. Fact: Incorrect. Yes, a good agent may have a tendency and inclination to be a savvier negotiator with better people skills, but these are things that can be learned and nurtured. Research shows that at a maximum, people are operating at 50% of capability which means the majority of human beings are not realising their potential*. Myth #2: Agents that write $1m in gross commission do a lot of cold calling. Fact: There is no evidence…

Is the commodity supercycle finished or just getting started ?

Is the commodity supercycle finished or just getting started? The new Global world can be a confusing place at the best of times when trying to forecast where we are heading economically. I have enclosed expert opinions to make my point. A report by Credit Suisse has suggested the commodity supercycle is over. The report suggests the long-term strategy by China is to reduce investment spending while withdrawing monetary stimulation will, in turn, result in lower demand for resources. This is based on the theory…

You can’t afford to buy a farm in South America ? Maybe these are another options

  Farmlands in Brazil and Argentina are some of the most fertile, productive and sought after in the world, but investors looking at the continent should be cautious. Brazil and Argentina currently have laws that place certain limits on the foreign ownership (individuals and corporations) of farmland. Other farms in South America countries like Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay are much more foreign business friendly. But Chile (very mountainous) and Uruguay (small country) offer comparatively fewer farmland…

What now for South America and Venezuela as the pink tide recedes?

While nearly two decades of ideologically driven economic mismanagement has turned Venezuela from a relatively wealthy oil state into a Zimbabwe-like basket case, Chile has mainly stayed the course, politically and economically, just to the right or left of the sensible centre. Wild swings avoided Since the restoration of democracy in the late-1980s, this long, thin ribbon of a country has largely avoided the wild boom-and-bust pendulum swings that have characterised much of the continent’s stop-start…

The Impact of Blockchain Technology on the Surveying Industry, Cadastre and Land Registry Systems

THE IMPACT OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY ON THE SURVEYING INDUSTRY, CADASTRE & LAND REGISTRY SYSTEMS … blockchain technology and land surveying – may seem unlikely partners at first. However, this new and exciting technology creates a cooperative and synergistic environment in which all information, data, and images from a surveying project can be gathered in a reliable, confident and immutable way. OUTLINE I. Introduction to Blockchain Technology II. Overview of the Surveying Industry…

Argentina: Record-breaking wheat exports to Brazil

Argentina exported to Brazil 5,910,000 tonnes of wheat suitable for bread, which meant the volume of shipments to that country is the highest of the last 12 years and represented an income of USD 1,306 Billion, as revealed by the Secretariat of Government of agribusiness, through the undersecretary of agricultural markets. This record figure, according to the Indec data, was only exceeded in 2006, when 6.1 million tonnes were exported to Brazil. In the period 2016-18, meanwhile, the deliveries of wheat…

GTSA Social Media Real Estate Marketing – How well are we doing ?

Disruption to traditional Real Estate Marketing Over the past five years, the way real estate is presented to clients has changed dramatically right around the world. In the past, you could put an advertisement in the local newspaper and expect the phone to ring. Property sold. Now that we have a global market place and so much immigration and migration between previously unconnected countries and locations, we have a new challenge. How to reach the attention of busy,…

High-Value Property Marketing “The case for pre sale offers”

There are many different methods available for the marketing and sale of specialised high-value properties in addition to the traditional real estate listing arrangements of auction and tender type formats. There are of course advantages, disadvantages and tradeoffs associated with every marketing approach; and the best strategy for the marketing and sale of a specific property will vary based upon the ownership objectives and the particular property. One approach, which can be the optimal method in certain…

Spotlight: Global Farmland Index 2018

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Measuring the opportunities of farmland investment across the world SUMMARY ■ Our Global Farmland index recorded an average annualised growth of 13.3% since 2002 and 2% over the past five years. ■ Although pressure on commodity prices has slowed growth in values in recent years, the long term fundamentals of farmland ownership still apply with increased food production and competitive land use driving demand. ■ Our Opportunity v Risk Matrix tool considers these relative opportunities and risks…

USA soybean farmers count the cost of the trade war with China

Between September and December, soybean volumes shipped through Cargill’s river terminals in Louisiana are down 40 percent year on year. After US President Donald Trump imposed new tariffs on Chinese goods, Beijing punched back with duties on US exports including most of its $20bn in agricultural commodity sales. Soybean exports, worth $12bn in 2017, were hit hardest. The oilseed’s conquest of farm fields in the past 20 years has largely been down to US farmers gambling on China’s demand for…
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