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Australian Farming Experts recomend South America

FARMERS may turn to buying property across the globe should climate change effects bite hard, a Geelong agriculture forum heard yesterday. The agricultural college’s carbon discussion heard the views of some of the country’s peak climate change and agriculture experts. The forum heard dire outlooks for Australia’s pastoral land, described as “the worst paddock” on the global farm. Modest estimations suggested sea levels rising to almost a metre by century’s end. Worst case…

New Zealanders invest in South America

By ROD ORAM – Sunday Star Times | Milking greener pastures #adp02 Faced with high land values and falling milk prices at home, a growing number of New Zealand dairy farmers are invest in South America, the United States, eastern Europe and Russia. They are attracted by rapidly expanding dairy sectors and potentially more profitable business models. By comparison, it gets tougher each season at home to increase production and profitability. These global trends were highlighted at the International Dairy…

Investor Heaven or Hell in Latin America ?

Investor stress levels seem to have diminished considerably over the past 12 months, according to a new poll of investor sentiment conducted at our 15th Annual Investor Conference held January 11-13 in Cancun, Mexico. Each year, we survey investor sentiment to see how attitudes have changed over the course of the previous year. In this survey, fewer investors agreed that it will be tougher to make money in the year ahead compared with last year (35%, against 60% in January 2010), and their level of risk aversion…

Brazil announced an ambitious plan to generate investment and boost GDP

Brazil announced an ambitious plan to generate investment and boost GDP Brazil’s Finance Minister Guido Mantega unveiled new measures to help ailing industries as Latin America’s biggest economy struggles to regain momentum amid a global slowdown. Mantega said the government will slash payroll taxes, stimulate local industry with government purchases, and provide better financing for exporters. Together the tax cuts total 5.8 billion reais ($3.2 billion) in lost revenue for the government. The government…

Investors in Brazil feel tied on land issue

When Simon Veldt’s father and his fellow Dutch immigrant farmers set up the Holambra II co-operative near Paranapanema in southeastern Brazil, the area was known as “Hunger Valley”. The co-operative, launched in the 1960s, built irrigation systems, introduced agricultural techniques and invested in equipment, changing the face of a district that had been populated by poor farmers subsisting on a few cattle and some corn and beans. “There was no electricity, there was nothing,” says Mr Veldt, president…

China and the Inter-American Development Bank launch $1 bln Latam investment fund

China and the Inter-American Development Bank said on Monday they are starting a $1 billion fund to invest in Latin America, though the Asian giant’s latest push to expand its influence in the region prompted words of caution from Brazil. To feed its fast-growing economy’s voracious appetite for raw materials, China has invested tens of billions of dollars in the region, from Mexico to Argentina, over the last decade to acquire strategic assets or companies in sectors such as oil, minerals and food…

Mubadala Development to invest $2bn in Brazilian group

Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development will invest $2 billion in the Brazilian business group EBX founded by Eike Batista as part of a strategic partnership. Under the terms of the agreement Mubadala will make the investment in exchange for a 5.63 per cent preferred equity interest in Centennial Asset Brazilian Equity Fund and other offshore holding companies of Batista. The proceeds of Mubadala’s investment will be used to reinforce the group’s already strong capital structure so as to help fund new enterprises…

Brazil aims to reduce business taxes

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has pledged to reduce business taxes on local businesses to help them invest and compete in a world awash with cheap money that is hurting Brazil’s economy, Veja magazine reported on Saturday. Speaking after a meeting with industry leaders, Ms Rousseff told the weekly magazine in an interview on Thursday that the way out of Brazil’s struggle with inflation and slow growth was lower taxes to spur private investment. “Today … I met with some of the most important…

Brazil to be fifth largest economy by 2015

And on it marches, towards prosperity and power, Brazil, the modern-day phenomena. Towards the end of last year, it was revealed that the South American country was on the precipice of overtaking the UK and establishing itself as the world’s sixth largest economy. It happened. It is the case. But, not satisfied with that breakthrough, Brazil is now expected to enter the nimbus territory of the top five, the in-circle, where it’ll be one of the select crew. Except it won’t just be one of the…

Brazil To Attract Capital Over 8 Years -Itau

Brazil to attract more private-sector investments over the next eight years, compensating in part for lack of domestic savings, but there’s unlikely to be a major appreciation of the Brazilian currency, according to economists at Brazil’s Itau Unibanco Holdings SA (ITUB, ITUB4.BR). As capital flows into Brazil–seeking investment opportunities as well as attracted by the opportunities related to the coming World Cup and Olympic Games and the development of the major offshore oilfields–there’s…

Brazil prospers from global interest

Brazil outpaced Britain as the world’s sixth largest economy last year, partly owing to a rise in foreign direct investment, particularly in services and especially by America and Spain. The growing importance of Brazil can be reflected by how far the country has advanced in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). According to the latest World Investment Report, issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD, August 2011), FDI inflows to Latin America’s largest economy in 2010…

“Boutique hotels” added to Brazil’s accommodation rating scheme

Travellers looking for hotels in Brazil can now search for properties with a ’boutique’ rating following the addition of the classification to the country’s accommodation rating system. ‘Boutique’ is the seventh category to be added to the scheme, joining other groups such as resorts and apartments. Thirty-five hotels across Brazil have already signed up to be given the new classification, which is typically associated with properties accommodating up to 60 guests and providing…

Can ‘sugar seats’ bring sweet taste of success to Brazil?

Can ‘sugar seats’ bring sweet taste of success to Brazil? Football fans could find themselves sitting in seats made from sugar when Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 64 years. Brazil has long led the way when it comes to soccer skills, and the country has also shown considerable innovation in developing new technologies. The two worlds may meet in 2014 as one of South America’s biggest chemical companies hopes to show the way forward with its eco stadium solutions. “What…

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 new report by Credit Suisse has suggested the commodity supercycle is over.The report suggests a long-term strategy by China to reduce investment spending while withdrawing monetary stimulation will result in lower demand for resources. This is based on the theory that…

Rio de Janeiro Carnival – Now on – Bigger than ever

When is Carnival? 2012 Rio de Janeiro Carnival  starts on Saturday, February 18th and ends on Fat Tuesday, February 21. For other years click here. Which Carnival is the best in Brazil? Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Olinda and Salvador all clamor for this title. The Carnival in Rio is definitely the biggest and most famous, not just in Brazil but in the whole world. And it is most visited as well. Hence Rio is dubbed the Carnival Capital of the Globe. Where should I stay in Rio? Try to stay in Southern Rio (the…