Carbon credits in the UK: A threat or opportunity for farmers?

Recent figures show that over half of farm sales last year were to non-farmers. There are reports of farmers being outbid for land that will be put into woodland or other offsetting projects. We explore the threats and opportunities of these schemes. Whilst there are opportunities for farmers to gain extra income streams from carbon credits and other environmental schemes, there has long been concern about food security and the impact on farming and food in the UK.  The aim of such schemes is to use low-quality…

LATAM Booming Real Estate Market. Thousands of New Companies Opened

The real estate sector is experiencing significant growth in some Latin American regions, like Mexico and Brazil, with a notorious surge in real estate companies and investors. Real estate companies are experiencing a remarkable surge in various regions of Latin America. In Mexico, for instance, the number of real estate service providers has surged by nearly 20% over the past five years, according to the latest Mexican Economy Secretariat‘s data. Similarly, more than 26,000 real estate companies…

Paraguay is rated the best place in the region for business, according to says Latin American Economic Climate Index (ICE) 

The Latin American Economic Climate Index (ICE) released this weekend by Brazil’s Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) highlighted Paraguay as the Mecca for regional business ventures, given the country’s outstanding performance. The FGV report highlights that, despite the increase in their indexes, other countries remained in the unfavourable zone (below 100 points): Peru (85.3), Colombia (72.8), Chile (72.7), and Ecuador (42.2). Meanwhile, Argentina climbed from 26.1 to 41.7, with the first economic…

Reasons why we are on the cusp of a commodity super-cycle affecting South America

The following two decades are likely to be a series of supply squeezes for a variety of reasons As 2024 unfolds, the surge in commodity prices has been nothing short of spectacular, with sectors such as metals, energy, and agriculture all registering significant gains. This trend is not merely coincidental but indicative of a burgeoning commodity super-cycle driven by three key factors: What drives commodity super-cycles? Historically, commodity super-cycles have been triggered by periods of intense industrialisation…

Argentina’s ‘Napa Valley’- Valle de Uco

Argentina’s Napa Valley is on the eastern side of the Andes, in a region of stunning foothills and high plains. The Uco Valley in Mendoza has rapidly become one of the most talked-about and exciting wine regions in the southern hemisphere. Created initially as a stopping point in the crossing of the Andes on the commercial route from Río de la Plata to Chile’s Santiago, Mendoza has become the largest wine-producing area in Latin America, claiming 70% of Argentina’s wines. The Uco Valley, with its…

Elon Musk calls out to Investors to consider Argentina after meeting with President Javier Milei

The Argentine president praised the Tesla CEO for his efforts to advance space exportation. Tesla CEO Elon Musk recommended his followers invest in Argentina after meeting up with President Javier Milei on the sidelines of a global investors conference in Los Angeles on Monday. “I recommend investing in Argentina,” Musk posted on X, the social media app he owns. He also published a picture of himself with Milei, Presidency Secretary Karina Milei, and Argentine Ambassador to the U.S. Gerardo Werthein. …

The British Vestey Meat Empire in South America

The Vestey Brothers were once the largest meat retailers in the world The company once controlled one-third of the refrigerated storage capacity in Britain and two-thirds of multiple butcher shops. It accounted for 20 per cent of all meat imported into Britain. Origins and early growth William Vestey (1859 – 1940) and Edmund Hoyle Vestey (1866 – 1954) were born to Samuel Vestey, a Liverpool provisions merchant. William Vestey William Vestey was sent to Chicago to scout for opportunities in 1876. He was…

New UVA Mortgage Loans in Argentina: the details of the loans offered by Banco Ciudad in Buenos Aires today

The Head of the Buenos Aires Government, Jorge Macri, launched the new mortgage loans from Banco Ciudad this Monday to acquire, renovate, improve, and expand homes. This measure seeks to benefit the middle class and support development in the Microcenter area. The new loans can be financed up to $250 million and have terms of up to 20 years in Purchasing Value Units (UVAs), plus an interest rate of 3.5% Annual Nominal Rate (TNA). According to the City, some credits stand out for their accessibility, such as…

Issues that should be addressed before considering the sale of a rural property to avoid an extended sale period

Consider carefully the following issues before putting a farm or piece of land on the market if you don’t want to experience delays, which can cause the property to become stale and develop a negative reputation. Legal and Administration Issues Most importantly, for properties with multiple ownership, all shareholders must be on the same page regarding selling and the expected price level achievable based on an independent valuation ( don’t ask brokers competing with each other for the listing for that…

Argentine libertarian President Javier Milei has introduced measures which are causing the USD to weaken domestically for the first time against the domestic peso

Just four months into office, President Javier Milei has achieved a critical feat in a country long ravaged by runaway inflation: stabilising Argentina’s currency. The peso has, in fact, not only stopped plunging day after day but is also rallying sharply in one key foreign exchange market—there are many of them here, a byproduct of the country’s web of byzantine rules—the blue-chip swap. The peso has soared 25 per cent against the dollar over the past three months in this market, which is used…

The 10 most important rules for investing in agriculture favour South America

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Rule 1. Only invest in investor-friendly countries: 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 the 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 agriculture. Subsidies can be alluring because they can be seen as underwriting…

MercadoLibre now sells properties that can be paid with crypto

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The Mercado Libre e-commerce will allow real estate agencies to publish properties such as apartments, houses, land, lots and premises in Bitcoin. How the buying and selling of real estate in cryptocurrencies works. Today, Mercado Libre announced that it will accept property ads in cryptocurrencies . From now on, it will be possible to access properties with Bitcoin through the platform, and there will be an exclusive section of properties listed in cryptocurrencies. “We are always attentive to the changes…

Argentine and Brazil agribusiness have an “ecological surplus”

Economist Nicolás Torre, from the IERAL Institute of the Mediterranean Foundation, published an extensive thread on the social network Twitter, highlighting that both Argentina and Brazil have a positive “ecological footprint”. That is, they have more natural resources available than those they consume annually to survive. Torre’s report came in response to accusations against South America in recent weeks. First by The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, when he said that Brazil does not…

LATAM Airlines Re-Starts Direct Flights from Sydney to Santiago

LATAM Airlines is delighted to announce the reintroduction of direct flights from Sydney to Santiago four times weekly, commencing on 28 October 2024. This milestone significantly enhances connectivity, offering travellers daily direct routes between Australia and Latin America. LATAM’s commitment to reconnecting continents is evident in its expansion of services. In September 2023, LATAM Airlines restarted Melbourne – Santiago direct flights thrice weekly. With the addition of the four weekly direct…

Argentine Farm Entrepreneur: They have built an empire that employs more than 1,300 employees

With a focus on the diversification strategy of activities in Entre Ríos province, the Eggs family is involved in poultry, agriculture, meat, and dairy farming and ventured into hospitality. “I am part of the second generation of a family business founded 50 years ago,” introduces Hernán Eggs, 49 years old, with three children, and owner of the company Noelma. This leading Entre Ríos poultry business began in 1974 but later diversified into agriculture, beef and dairy farming, and the provision of…
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