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Pricing International Farmland

Farmland has been proven to deliver strong returns over time with its low volatility and its little correlation with other asset classes and the broader global economic cycle. Since 2001, U.S. farmland prices have risen by 6.8% p.a.,1while farmland in Poland has risen by 11.8% p.a. and in Brazil by 12.9% p.a. (in local currency terms). These return characteristics are proving attractive to many investors by providing diversification to their portfolios. Cropping farmland value is a function of farm income and…

Covid-19: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In the depths of quarantine tedium, this writer unearthed two movies whose titles have an uncanny pertinence in these surreal times.  Readers well know that in the less than six months since the Covid-19 coronavirus infected its first unwitting human victim in Wuhan it has so far infected close to four million people and killed more than 272,000.  To break the chain of infection the citizens of many nations have been compulsorily quarantined (dubbed “lockdowns”) in time-heavy domestic limbos.…

Brazilian pork exports increase 43% in first-quarter

Official data shows that Brazilian pork exports have increased by 43.34% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of 2019, with 11,660 tons. In the month of March alone, there was a 37.9% increase compared to March of 2019 when only 4,131 tons were shipped. The main markets are China and Hong Kong. When analyzing the data on broiler, however, the growth in the first quarter of 2020 compared to that of 2019 was more modest, with only a 6.64% increase, totaling 74,080 tons. When comparing March…

Biggest South American 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 the 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, lease and manage agricultural…

Covide 19 awakens a new customer base for Latin America’s e-commerce giants

The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping consumer habits in Latin America, sending droves of buyers online for the first time. The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping consumer habits in Latin America, sending droves of buyers online for the first time. MercadoLibre Inc, the region’s largest e-commerce marketplace, said it registered 1.7 million new customers from February 24 to March 22, up 28 percent from the same period a year earlier. While lockdowns to slow the spread of the coronavirus have been a boon…

As virus cases surge, Brazil starts to worry its neighbours

Brazil’s virtually uncontrolled surge of COVID-19 cases is spawning fear that construction workers, truck drivers and tourists from Latin America’s biggest nation will spread the disease to neighboring countries that are doing a better job of controlling the coronavirus. Brazil, a continent-sized country that shares borders with nearly every other nation in South America, has reported more than 70,000 cases and more than 5,000 deaths, according to government figures and a tally by Johns Hopkins University…

Plunging oil prices ultimately grease a commodity countries wheels

Lower oil and fuel prices ultimately boost disposable incomes and food demand In a year of unprecedented events, this week commodity markets added another to the list. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil prices traded in negative territory on Tuesday for the first time ever. Already reeling from plunging prices over 2020, WTI oil prices traded as low as -$US40/barrel at one stage. The fall over 2020 owes to the COVID-19-induced collapse in global demand, while major producers also failed to agree on supply cuts…

Why farmland now? Amidst unprecedented market volatility

Why farmland now? Financial markets are responding to the current limited visibility and uncertainty, both severely exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, by retreating towards safe haven investments such as U.S. treasuries (where yields have declined below 1%), gold and certain currencies (e.g. the U.S. dollar). A compelling alternative prior the virus outbreak, and made more so by coronavirus, is farmland. Farmland has a history of exhibiting unique value durability and income levels through economic downturns.…

Brazil’s economy could recover in the fourth quarter, says, central bank president

Brazil’s central bank president Roberto Campos Neto said on Saturday that Latin America’s largest economy will begin to recover from the coronavirus crisis in the fourth quarter, according to an interview in local media. Brazil has more coronavirus cases than any other country in Latin America. On Saturday, the health ministry said the number of confirmed cases rose by 2,917 to 36,599. Deaths rose by 206 to 2,347, the ministry said. “I think the last quarter will show improvement,” he said in the interview…

Highly Successful New Zealand Dairy Farm in Brazil

According to a recent survey of Brazil’s top 100 dairy producers by independent research firm MilkPoint, 90% of respondents plan on expanding their operations in the next 3 years. That’s because unlike many other Brazilian agriculture sectors like crops, livestock and poultry, dairy focuses on the domestic market, with approximately 98% of production staying at home. “Consumption is 100% dependent on the economy and that has been rising the last 10 years, although it came down during the economic crisis,”…

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. If you eat meat, you probably buy products made by this Brazilian company. A company with such power it can openly admit to having bribed more than 1,000 politicians and continue to grow despite scandal after scandal. And you’ve probably never heard of it. JBS is a Brazilian company which slaughters…

Hands-free lettuce cultivation is the future?

“This is what we call hands-free cultivation ,” says Anthony Umina, managing member of Fresh Local Produce, when showing his newly realised fully automated growing system in Hudson, Ohio. Fresh Local Produce of Ohio started their production of fresh baby lettuce in a 2 acre greenhouse this February and their produce can already be found on the shelves of several grocery stores in the area. Fresh Local Produce is selling under the brand “Free! Leafy Greens”. This North American project was completed…

Italy and the Wuhan virus – the real story – from an Italian writer

ITALY’S COMMUNISTS A RECIPE FOR DISASTER Giacomino Nicolazzo is one of Italy’s most beloved writers.  Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, he lives in a small village in Lombardy where he writes his books. Montecalvo, Lombardy, Italy. As I sit here in my involuntary isolation, it was just reported that overnight 743 more people died and 5.249 new cases have been reported. This brings the total cases of infection to 69,176 and the body count to 6,820. We take relief in knowing that 8,326 people have…

China’s Swan Song

After emerging in Wuhan the Covid-19 virus has turned global trade on its head by disrupting critical supply chains from China to international markets in a classic example of ‘force majeure’ which the Oxford Dictionary defines as a legal term for “Unforeseeable circumstances that prevent the fulfilment of a contract or disrupts business as usual”. The health emergencies Covid-19 has caused across the globe are accurately described by Oxford’s alternate definition of “Irresistible compulsion or…

Covid-19 offers an odd glimpse of a new future

Covid-19 is certainly not going to change the world forever, but it is going to change quite a few things, in some cases for a very long time. Here is some of them. 1. The clean air over China’s cities in the past month, thanks to an almost total shutdown of the big sources of pollution, has saved twenty times as many Chinese lives as Covid-19 has taken. (Air pollution kills about 1.1 million people in China every year.) People will remember this when the filthy air comes back and will want something done…
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