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BRAZIL AND ARGENTINA GROW HALF OF WORLD’S SOYBEANS

ARGENTINA’S CROP WAS ESTIMATED AT 54 MILLION TONNES, UP NEARLY 2% FROM THE FEBRUARY ESTIMATE. The U.S. share of global soybean production is falling for a second year while its two South American oilseed rivals pass a milestone. Brazil and Argentina will grow 53% of the world’s soybeans, with a combined output of 180 million tonnes in 2019/20, estimated the USDA in its monthly WASDE report. Aided by record plantings, Brazil’s soybean crop was estimated at a record 126 million tonnes, up 1% from…

Agribusiness can claim lives in Latin America if not managed carefully

The business group Cresud controls 370 thousand hectares in the province of Salta, in the ancestral lands of the Wichi people. There, in the first months of 2020, nine children have died from malnutrition and lack of water.  For weeks the whole of Argentina has been shaken by a financial tragedy that is not new, but that has, temporarily, occupied the front covers of the papers for the first time: since the beginning of this year, nine Wichi children have died due to malnutrition and lack of drinking water…

Sheep rearing is an opportunity that Argentina no longer takes advantage of

Buenos Aires Province has areas with excellent conditions that allow high levels of sheep production, but this does not happen, Why? In the late nineteenth century, the country was in what later became known as the “golden age” of Argentina sheep production. At that time, the province of Buenos Aires had a stock of 52 million sheep heads, a figure that exceeded seven times the stock of cattle at the time. Until 1930 the activity had its heyday, with excellent European demand for wool and meat. The…

As Coronavirus Spreads, Bears and Fear Infect the Commodity Markets

Coronavirus continues to be a black swan hitting the markets, with both the stock market and commodity market getting hit hard on Monday. The Dow was on pace to have its worst day in two years. The number of cases outside of China shot up over the weekend, and the World Health Organization (WHO) even acknowledged the world is not ready for the virus’ global spread. DuWayne Bosse of Bolt Marketing says the main factor driving down prices on Monday is uncertainty. “Markets hate uncertainty, especially…

Avison Young invests in Valuation & Advisory business for Latin America operations

Max Gill and Michelle D’Artigues join as Principals in Mexico City, continue partnership to grow business line for the region Max Gill and Michelle D’Artigues join as Principals in Mexico City, continue partnership to grow business line for the region Mexico City, MX – Emile Sarraf, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the firm’s Mexico City office, today announced the appointment of Max Gill and Michelle D’Artigues as Avison Young Principals. Gill and D’Artigues,…

Argentina Pockets $35 Billion Windfall After Accounting sleight of hand

Argentina may be in deep financial trouble but its central bank is comfortably back in the black — thanks to a smoke and mirrors accounting manoeuvre. A little-noticed decision by policymakers late last year to change the way they value government bond holdings transformed the central bank’s balance sheet overnight, turning what had been a net worth of negative $2 billion into positive $33 billion. Officials have made little effort to explain the move — they just say it’s part of a wide-ranging…

Five Entrepreneurial Lessons I Learned Growing Up On A Farm

“The ultimate goal of the farm is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”—Masanobu Fukuoka On July 31, 1951, I was born on a farm in a faraway place called New Zealand. Today I run a Real Estate business in the heart of South America called “Gateway to South America“. For many years, I ran away from my farm-life upbringing because I thought it had no place in this business, but over time, I’ve come to embrace some of my farm-boy ways to a competitive…

Understanding International Family Offices as an alternative source of investment capital

The role of the family office has often been misunderstood, even though the concept has been around (in a variety of forms) for hundreds of years. Still today, as this industry controls billions of dollars in assets under management, there are many intelligent, experienced finance professionals who cannot offer a complete definition of what a family office is exactly. Today, the family office industry is expanding at an impressive pace, with new family offices opening every month and assets continuing to…

The six biggest trends in global agriculture

The agricultural sector undoubtedly has its challenges; the impact of over taxation, increasing input costs, drought, waste, plastics, energy sourcing, labor, over-processing and methane emissions just to name a few. Equally, however, there are also many opportunities. So, what are some of the exciting trends we are seeing in agriculture today? Below I highlight six trends that we have identified, providing interesting insights into the rapid change underway in the sector and the potential investment opportunities…

” Open veins of Latin America” A must read for anyone thinking of doing business or living in Latin America

This translated book begins with a foreword by left-wing writer Isabel Allende, and here is  just one quote from her  introduction of the book: “His work is a mixture of meticulous detail, political conviction, poetic flair, and good storytelling.” The translation by Cedric Belfrage merits special note. This book sings in English, and the translator has done justice to the original. A major recurring theme throughout the book is that of capital squandered by the few while the many actually producing…

Argentina’s soybean crop forecasts increase to 53.1 million tons on favourable moisture conditions

Last years 2018/19 harvest was affected by a cruel drought which with along a very strong US dollar, damaged the Argentine economy, making it easier for the left-wing Peronist/Kirchner government to return to power. This year it is a normal harvest but too late to help the struggling economy. Argentina’s soybean harvest for the 2019/20 season is forecast at 53.1 million tonnes, the Buenos Aires grains exchange said last week, an improvement from a prediction it made towards the end of last year. The forecast…

The Agricultural dilemma as disruptive Technologies take hold

A September 2019 report by RethinkX, an independent think tank based in London and San Francisco, predicts major disruption in food and agriculture over the next decade. Rethinking Food and Agriculture 2020-2030, the Second Domestication of Plants and Animals, the Disruption of the Cow, and the Collapse of Industrial Livestock Farming forecasts the wholesale collapse of dairy and cattle industries by 2030 as animal protein production is replaced by “precision fermentation” (also known as synthetic biology…

Top farmland investors name South America a top place to buy, lease and manage agricultural lands for profit

  Farmers’ fields in South America are among the most prized assets in a new global market for agricultural land that has sprung up alongside soaring commodity prices. Private equity and fund managers at a farm investing conference in Geneva named South America a top place to buy, lease and manage agricultural lands for profit. “The South American marketplace is really booming along right now,” said Mark Zenuk, managing director of the $3 billion NGP Global Adaptation Partners fund. Black…

Argentine wheat exports to Asia a record between February and March 2020

More than half of the 1.2 million tonnes of wheat that will arrive in the region between February and March are destined for Indonesia Shipments of Argentine wheat to Asia are rising to record levels over the next two months as the drought slows Australian production and other offshore inventories. Indonesia, Asia’s largest importer, is expected to Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines to receive nearly 1.2 million tons of wheat from the South American country, operators said, that have access to shipping…

Chinese beef importers seeking to renegotiate lower prices with Brazil and Uruguay suppliers

Folha de S.Paulo reported that some Chinese importers are refusing to pay for shipments that already arrived in China, seeking a discount from exporters Chinese beef importers are seeking to renegotiate prices previously agreed when they closed deals to buy dozens of shipments from Brazil and Uruguay because values are too high, according to a report in the online edition of local newspapers on Monday. The website of Folha de S.Paulo reported that some Chinese importers are refusing to pay for shipments that…
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