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Biggest South America Corporate Farm Groups

        With agricultural commodity prices at multi-year highs, buying farmland is seen as a more direct way to cash in on valuable crops and to take advantage of long-term appreciation of farm property. As a result, investors from around the world are pouring a lot of funds into agriculture this year to boost yields across the top producer nations as record high food prices jolt markets and send buyers scurrying for supplies. South America is today worldwide considered a top place to buy,…

The South American agricultural landscape

June 2011 | by Simon Adamson       An arable crop of over a quarter of a billion tonnes is hard to imagine, but that’s what Argentina and Brazil are harvesting right now. Favorable weather, yields and prices have made many South American farmers winners again this season, but it also means shifting goalposts for agribusiness. Prices for arable land have jumped; in Uruguay they’ve risen 800% in the past decade. Soybean rules the landscape; it’s the crop of choice wherever it can be grown…

Brazil´s Hotel Industry adopts new star rating system to become more competitive internationally

The Brazil hotel market is booming in the build up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. But what the country has boasted in momentum it’s also lacked in transparency—until now. The country has launched the Brazilian System for the Qualification of Accommodation Options, a rating system that classifies hotels from one to five stars. To use the symbol, hotels must endure a qualification process from the Ministry of Tourism. In June 7th, the Minister of Tourism, Pedro Novais, signed off the…

Brazil registers the first legal actions against foreign farmland acquisition ban

The change in the rules for farmland acquisition by foreigners is causing a commotion in Brazil agriculture industry. Vendors and buyers in rural areas are starting to litigate to see who will pay for the restriction prejudices derived from a new inter pretation of law by the Union´s Attorney-General (AGU).   The ban – which took the form of a reinterpretation of a 1971 law – was a response to reports that Middle Eastern sovereign funds and Chinese state-owned companies were attempting to buy large…

Foreign Farm Investors in Brazil sow seeds of openness

Financial Times | 14 April 2010 By Jonathan Wheatley in Luiz Eduardo Magalhães, Brazil On the high plains around the town of Luiz Eduardo Magalhães in central Brazil it is easy to feel dwarfed by the landscape. Fields of soya, maize and cotton stretch to the horizon under immense blue skies, only the occasional tree, silo or patch of scrubby cerrado woodland giving any sense of scale. Twin-wagoned lorries laden with soya thunder along the highways. Away from the main roads, human beings are a rarity, glimpsed…

The World’s Biggest Meat Producer story: Brazil´s JBS S.A.

JBS SA is the largest global beef and lamb producer and the second-largest global poultry producer. The company is the third-largest dairy producer in Brazil and the third-largest pork producer in the United States. #adp02 In the last four years JBS has participated in 13 transactions, including the acquisition of U.S. grocery-store staples Swift, Smithfield Beef and Pilgrim’s Pride. Few Americans have heard of JBS, yet it is responsible for 22% of the U.S. beef supply. Some 70% of its revenue comes from…

Chile – Argentina Tunnel has Japanese Interest as Gateway to China

Japan also has an interest in the New Black Water Tunnel joining Chile and Argentina The powerful Japanese multinational Mitsubishi Corporation has been added to the list of interested parties to participate in the construction of the New Tunnel called Agua Negra informing the Argentine Foreign Ministry which has now ratified a number of new agreements with Japan . In his brief stay in Japan, Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, met in Tokyo with Mikio Sasaki, one of the top executives of Mitsubishi Corporation…

Brazil considering leasing farm land to foreigners to circumvent sales restrictions

MercoPress South Atlantic New Agency Report Brazil may start leasing farm land to foreigners to find a way around new legal restrictions on land sales and attract more foreign investment, the agriculture minister said. Last year, foreigners seeking to buy large plots of land began running into legal roadblocks, after the attorney general’s office reinterpreted real estate law amid concern over property speculation by overseas investors. But President Dilma Rousseff, who took office in January, is looking…

Brazil started 2011 with massive foreign capital investments inflows

The inflow of us dollars to Brazil so far this year (Jan-March 5) marks a surplus of usd 24.3 billion over outflows, which helped to further appreciate the Brazilian Real, according to the latest figures released by the Central Bank. This is the result of financial operations mainly by Brazilian corporations’ overseas issues and long term foreign investors. In fact, property investors from around the world are flocking to Brazilian shores with a view to snapping up real estate, in anticipation of future capital…

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. #adp02 “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…