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Brazil to allow foreign lenders to hold land

Foreign lenders and investors are eagerly awaiting a change of law in Brazil, after finance minister Henrique Meirelles suggested they would be allowed to use land as collateral in trade finance and other loans from March onwards.< In a televised interview with local news outlet Globo, Meirelles explained that the government was ready to re-establish the right to fiduciary lien – allowing the transfer of land ownership to lenders in case of default – for foreigners by March 15. The move involves changing…

‘The 17th edition of the Latin American Business Environment Report

The 17th edition of the Latin American Business Environment Report (LABER) represents the first edition in which principal authorship was assumed by Brian Gendreau, the new director of the University of Florida’s Latin American Business Environment Program. Timothy McLendon will continue to author the legal environment section. With a new author come some changes in appearance and focus, as well as the introduction of two Latin American countries in the Caribbean (Cuba and Haiti). The most obvious change…

Emerging markets soar as investors turn off ‘America First’ President Trumps Policies

Predictions about the future of financial markets went badly astray last November when Donald Trump was unexpectedly elected president. The “Trump bump” hasn’t just been a bonanza for US investors. Most predictions back before November 8 were for shares to plummet with the defeat of Hillary Clinton and that emerging markets exporting to the US would be hit hardest. In South America Argentina, Chile and Uruguay were pointed out by so called experts as the ones that would be most affected. This was due…

Food Security report points out the Farming needs for a ‘sustainable intensification’

The quest to feed the world’s rapidly growing population over the next 40 years needs a front loaded approach to funding agricultural research, according to a report on food security released recently. New science and technologies are among the tools needed to achieve a huge ‘sustainable intensification’ of agriculture aimed at feeding the nine billion people expected to inhabit the planet by 2050, says ‘The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainability’,…

Opinion: The 10 biggest Latin America market entry blunders

Over the last 25 years, Americas Market Intelligence senior consultants have led more than 2,000 client engagements in Latin America. Along the way, we have witnessed many a blunder when it comes to entering markets in Latin America. To help companies learn from the mistakes we’ve observed while conducting market research, competitive intelligence and analysing Latin American risk, we created a top 10 list of market entry mistakes. As Latin America returns to growth in 2017, we hope these market entry tips…

Brazil Worries the ‘China of South America’ Is Eating Its Lunch

Brazilians are starting to have second thoughts about the business El Dorado next door which is becoming the China of South America. Low taxes, low wages and low overheads are driving the Paraguayan government’s ambition to become the “China of South America”: a low-cost manufacturing hub that attracts investment from across the region. As Brazil struggles through its worst recession on record, dozens of businesses have set up operations across the border, creating thousands of jobs. Broadly welcomed…

Global and Corporate Dairy News

Rabobank: Further upside to price rally: According to Rabobank’s “Dairy Quarterly Q4 2016” report regarding dairy news, the current rally in global dairy markets has more upside, as significant recovery in output and export availability will be postponed until the second half of 2017, despite improving producer payouts. However, a further strengthening of the American dollar and weaker product demand on the international market, given improving commodity prices, could provide headwinds to the recovery. With…

2016 South American Crop Report

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Reports of the grain harvest in South America in 2016 are most satisfactory. Although the realities of the local markets: adverse weather, high input costs and unfavourable exchange rates, do not allow us to say that all crop types have had a good year, on average they did. Below are the details, country by country. Argentina The reality in Argentina is indicated by a boom in sales of agrochemicals, fertilizers, new agricultural machinery, combine harvesters and tractors. In terms of sales of machinery, in…

Trust Code Software prevents Fake Food Scams

New Zealand software has intercepted a batch of fake infant formula with ties to a Russian counterfeiting ring using a new technology called Trust Codes. Trust Codes was developed to tackle the burgeoning market for counterfeit food and has now nabbed its first fraudsters, when the scam was just a few hours old. The software uses QR codes to certify that a product is genuine. When a customer scans a code with their smart phone, the product’s origin and authenticity is instantly verified. If a fake product…

Global Trust in Sustainable Agriculture is the Next big opportunity – Rabobank

The biggest value creation opportunity for those in the  agricultural sector is to be seen as a globally trusted source of sustainably produced products, says a new Rabobank report on the sector ie Sustainable Agriculture. The Sustainable Returns: Finding the value in Environmental Sustainability the  report says improved environmental practices can deliver an immediate monetary benefit, through price premiums, and long-term strategic advantages. Report author Blake Holgate said many consumers now consider…

The 10 most important rules for investing in agriculture

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Rule 1. Only invest in countries that are investor-friendly: 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 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 agricultural. Subsidies can be alluring because they can be seen…

What does Donald Trump’s election victory means for agriculture ?

Some might say a president who gained power with the motto “drain the swamp” might appear a boon for agriculture. But whether he turns out that way will require a more measured tone by Donald Trump when in office than that he voiced to win power. Sure, farmers may well enjoy something of a honeymoon for now from his victory, which is likely to take the dollar on a weaker course, for now, than it would have done had Mr Trump’s Democrat rival, Hillary Clinton, won the vote. The greenback fell…

Rising Milk demand from China and increasing food safety concerns from New Zealand its major supplier open up opportunities for South America

Rising Milk The worlds largest dairy exporters New Zealand company  Fonterra is calling for improved lab-testing, saying the Government owned Environmental Science & Research laboratories in New Zealand  lacked the capacity to identify an E.coli bacterium in cream. This comes as a French company sues the dairy giant for $500 million, China looks to buy its milk from Germany and South America. Are these food safety issues an opportunity for South America to increase their exports to China ? Worried…
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