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Argentina profile – Timeline

A chronology of key events: 16th century – Spanish colonisation of the River Plate coast and inland areas begins. 1774 – Spain settled the Malvinas Islands. 1776 – Spain establishes separate Viceroyalty of the River Plate. 1806 – First English Invasion of Buenos Aires. British force of 1,500 men under Colonel William Carr Beresford occupied the city, for about six weeks until surrendering in mid-August. 1807 ( July) – Second English invasion of Buenos Aires. The British…

LATAM Agribusiness Environment Overview 2019

Latin America is a key provider of agricultural, mineral, and other natural products to the rest of the world. Its diverse geographic landscapes and rich ecosystems, experienced local workforces and government agendas for sustainable development support one of the world’s most competitive regions for agribusiness. As the region’s political and economic stability increases, major consumer markets reach out to these countries to score preferential trade agreements and closer international cooperation…

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…

Speculation vs. opportunism – a dangerous difference

The ability to be flexible and reactionary appeals to many would-be investors. They like the idea of identifying an opportunity and seizing it with gusto, certain it will pay handsomely. I agree there are advantages to being quick on your feet when locking down an opportunity, but this sort of transaction should trigger a moment of self-assessment. When making the choice on whether to purchase, ask yourself, “Am I a speculator or opportunist,” because the differences between the two are dramatic…

The world’s first Charcoal-Rot resistant peanut has already had an official endorsement in Argentina

The National Seed Institute (Inase) issued resolution 108/2019 in which it ordered “the registration in the National Registry of Cultivars and in the National Registry of The Property of Cultivars, of the phytogenetic creation of peanuts (Arachis hypogaea L.) EC – 191 RC (AO), requested by the company El Carmen SA”. Expressed in technical language, it may be seen as unimportant to the general public. However, this is fundamentally big news for the future of manisera production in Córdoba…

Mercado Libre Starts Accepting Payment in Bitcoin in Brazil

Mercado Libre decision to accept Bitcoin is a major breakthrough, as it gives legal status to cryptocurrencies. There are more than 3,000 stores or brands within Libre’s ecosystem in the region. Brazilians can now pay in Bitcoin for the goods they purchase through Latin American e-commerce site Mercado Libre. The online retailer has partnered with Atlanta, Georgia-based payment services provider Bitpay to enable the service on its platform. Mercado’s decision to accept Bitcoin…

Latam Investor – Argentines Macri Miracle Ends in Default

When Mauricio Macri was elected in 2015 it seemed to herald a new era for Argentina. Now it looks like being more of the same. In August Buenos Aires announced that it would reprofile its debt. In effect it’s another default, with investors having to take a write down for having lent to the Argentine government for the fourth time in the last 30 years and the ninth time since independence from Spain. It’s a sad culmination to a presidency that began with such hope. When Macri came to power his early…

Argentina economy needs Intensive Care to recover

Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri knew that he had inherited a sick economy when he took office in 2015 but failed to put in place the medicine. As a result, the country now has no choice but to face up to a period of painful structural adjustment. Imagine a man who has lived too extravagantly and eventually must go to the doctor for treatment of an acute disease, along with several other chronic conditions. The doctor prescribes a ten-day course of antibiotics, and advises his patient to start taking…

In Argentina, the effect of a surprising Mid Term Election result plus its resulting chaos, devaluation and money restrictions caused farmland prices to drop overnight.

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The results of the Mid Term elections, which made the likely winner to lead Argentina in 2020 Alberto Fernández caused a collapse in farmers and investors confidence. Due to farmers perception of him being a patsy to the hated Christina Kirchner ( she appointed Fernandez ) who ruled Argentina for an earlier decade, they see another lost decade in front of them and a race to the bottom to join Venezuela’s cruel dictatorship. This is the results of the data from the Rural Real Estate Sector, organized…

Potential new Argentine President Alberto Fernández is like a matryoshka doll, “you open it and out pops, Cristina, Lula, Chavez…”

Argentine primary winner, Alberto Fernandez is like the Russian mamushka doll, “you open it and out pops Cristina Fernandez, again you open it and out pops Lula, and again, Hugo Chavez”, said Brazilian foreign minister Ernesto Araújo. Money leaving Ezeiza after the shock election result Araújo joined president Jair Bolsonaro, and Finance minister Paulo Guedes is openly expressing their aversion to the current political situation in Argentina, and the possibility of a return to office…

Argentina’s Adecoagro’s Dairy segment sales grow​ 100% inter-annual​​ly

In November 2018 Adecoagro bought from SanCor (the former largest dairy cooperative in Argentina) two plants, one in Chivilcoy (Buenos Aires province) and the other in Morteros (Córdoba), and two milk brands: Las Tres Niñas and Angelita, for USD 47 million. After that, they launched long-life milk brand, Apostoles, produced at the fluid milk processing Chivilcoy facility. In the Morteros facility, the company elaborates powder milk and cheese. This week, CEO of the company, Mariano Bosch, celebrated…

Argentina: Outlook darkens as Peronist chances grow

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Argentina’s economic outlook has deteriorated notably since August’s LatinFocus edition. The primary elections on 11 August revealed that President Mauricio Macri is trailing in a very distant second place in the run-up to the October elections, shocking market analysts and sparking a huge and destabilizing capital flight in turn. The drastic change in political landscape and unfolding market turmoil has significantly affected the country’s outlook, particularly for next year. Now, GDP is…

Panic Sweeps Argentine Pampas as Farmers’ Old Nemesis Returns – Peronism

All across the Pampas, in one wind-swept little farming town after another, a sense of dread has suddenly set in. Mauricio Macri, the man who championed the cause of the Argentine farmer, is almost certain to lose his re-election bid in October and will hand back the presidency to the leftist party that tormented the region for years. A primary vote held a few weeks ago made that clear. The concern is so severe that many here aren’t waiting for the actual election to confirm Macri’s defeat. They…

Argentina’s beleaguered government imposes capital controls

Fear of a return of the authoritarian and highly corrupt previous Kirchner government provokes a market crash, forcing the president’s hand When Maurico Marci was elected president of Argentina in 2015, one of his first acts was to abolish capital controls that restricted buying and selling of the peso. The move symbolised Argentina’s pivot back to open markets and liberal economic reforms under his rule. On September 1st, after weeks of market turmoil, Mr Macri was forced to issue a decree reimposing…

Argentine oilseed industry close to starting​ selling processed soybean meal to China

A Chinese mission is currently inspecting soybean meal factories in Argentina, to approve them for exporting the byproduct direct to China. Argentina is the largest world soybean meal exporter, with more than 65 million metric tons of crushing capacity. Along the Parana river, global and local oilseed companies mounted their processing plants and ports. During 2016 the crushing industry reached a processing record of about 44 million metric tons of soybean. This year, after recovering from the drought which…
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