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You can’t afford to buy a farm in South America ? Maybe these are another options

  Farmlands in Brazil and Argentina are some of the most fertile, productive and sought after in the world, but investors looking at the continent should be cautious. Brazil and Argentina currently have laws that place certain limits on the foreign ownership (individuals and corporations) of farmland. Other farms in South America countries like Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay are much more foreign business friendly. But Chile (very mountainous) and Uruguay (small country) offer comparatively fewer farmland…

What now for South America and Venezuela as the pink tide recedes?

While nearly two decades of ideologically driven economic mismanagement has turned Venezuela from a relatively wealthy oil state into a Zimbabwe-like basket case, Chile has mainly stayed the course, politically and economically, just to the right or left of the sensible centre. Wild swings avoided Since the restoration of democracy in the late-1980s, this long, thin ribbon of a country has largely avoided the wild boom-and-bust pendulum swings that have characterised much of the continent’s stop-start…

Large Chilean blueberry arrivals in U.S. is putting pressure on prices

With the Chilean blueberry season now in full swing, recent weeks have seen price pressure in the U.S. market amid heavy volumes as well as some quality issues with fruit on arrival, according to exporters. “It has been a season within the range of what one would have expected, both in terms of the good things and the bad,” said Raul Dastres, president of Valle Maule. While widespread hailstorms in mid-November had some impacts on the country’s production, Dastres says that the volumes of his company…

Don’t miss these 5 Real Estate Tech Trends in 2019

The real estate industry has changed a lot over the last decade, and new technologies are having a surprising amount of an impact on the way that real estate agents do their jobs. At the same time, comparison sites and other newcomers to the industry are giving consumers more choice when it comes to buying and selling a property. All of this means that the industry as a whole is coming to terms with what maturity looks like, while iterative development and brand new technologies are changing the way that…

Transpolar flight grows NZ trade opportunities in Latin America

Airline services strengthen New Zealand’s ability to engage with its key trading partners, helping build people-to-people connections and understanding of foreign business practice and culture. The Swiss-based Air Transport Action Group says the absence of good air transport links, especially in high-tech sectors, inhibits investment and trade and that, worldwide, an average of 25 percent of company sales depend on air services. In New Zealand’s case, being so far removed from its major markets, the percentage…

Venezuela: The road to ruin

Venezuela has, of course, been much in the news in the last few days.   Fascinating as the politics and geopolitics seems, there is also an economic story – about one of the greatest economic catastrophes of modern times, perhaps of almost any time.  And all the more sad for being entirely manmade. Go back 100 years and Venezuela didn’t stand out from the countries around it.  Angus Maddison’s collection of historical GDP estimates suggests that in 1913 real GDP per capita in Venezuela was just a bit…

The Global Economy is looking very stretched

The World Economic Forum’s Davos summit has confirmed the obvious that the prospective global boom is over. “Is that it?” might be the repost to the International Monetary Fund’s latest downgrade. Sure, 3.5% global growth is still impressive and better than a couple of years ago when the IMF hailed “the broadest synchronised global growth upsurge” since 2010. The real story of global growth is the serial disappointments that have dogged this expansion from the start. For advanced economies, it has…

The Impact of Blockchain Technology on the Surveying Industry, Cadastre and Land Registry Systems

THE IMPACT OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY ON THE SURVEYING INDUSTRY, CADASTRE & LAND REGISTRY SYSTEMS … blockchain technology and land surveying – may seem unlikely partners at first. However, this new and exciting technology creates a cooperative and synergistic environment in which all information, data, and images from a surveying project can be gathered in a reliable, confident and immutable way. OUTLINE I. Introduction to Blockchain Technology II. Overview of the Surveying Industry III. Surveying…

Chile No 1 Latin American country with the largest electric public transit fleet, and second place globally.

Chile adds another 100 electric buses to its fleet The Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Gloria Hutt, together with the Undersecretary of Transport, Jose Luis Domínguez, and the DTPM director, Fernando Saka, were in charge of receiving the vehicles that, thanks to a public-private collaboration with the companies Gildemeister, Engie, STP and Vule, will allow improving the quality of service in Chilean capital. Starting in March, vehicles will begin to operate services that connect Maipú and Bajos…

Chile opens ‘Parks of Patagonia’ hiking trail to world’s most adventurous travellers

The Route of the Parks of Patagonia is a brand new trail to add to the bucket list of adventurous hikers and naturalists everywhere. The 2800-kilometer trek linking seventeen of the country’s most beautiful national parks. The Parks, form the Patagonian Route of Parks: 28 million acres of protected land in 17 National Parks––the equivalent of three times the size of Switzerland, or more than twice the size of Costa Rica. It stretches from Puerto Montt in the northern Lake District down to the Tierra…

The amazing success of Chilean Cherry Exports

“I began to do cherries because it was difficult,” says Hernán Garcés. The small sweet fruit is easily damaged by rain, hail or rough handling. They must be harvested by hand and processed individually. But the effort has paid off. Mr Garcés, now known as the “father of Chilean cherries”, has just guided the head of China’s customs agency round his firm’s plant, an hour’s drive south of Santiago. Thanks to China’s appetite for cherries, Garces Fruit has become the world’s biggest producer…

Doug Casey view of the World – Picks War in Europe and bets on Argentina

by Doug Casey International Man EUROPE From at least the 1600s, Europe could claim to be the center of world civilization on all fronts. The colonies of the Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, and Russian empires (with the Dutch, Germans, Italians, and Americans as bit players) covered almost the entire planet. In its early days, an empire is both fun and profitable. You get to loot and pillage at will, and an empire provides lots of room to relocate the disenchanted, the overly adventurous, and the criminals.…

Chile’s Colorful Agriculture of the South

For many years the Araucanía region of Southern Chile has been characterized as the breadbasket of Chile due to the cultivation of cereals and industrial crops typical of the area. Rape oilseed is a plant that, when in Bloom, dazzles by its yellow color. It is a crop that has been strengthened and whose demand is increasing, due to the recovery of the salmon industry and the incorporation of canola oil in the daily feeding of people. The current challenge of improving competitiveness leads to the incorporation…

GTSA Social Media Real Estate Marketing – How well are we doing ?

Disruption to traditional Real Estate Marketing Over the past five years, the way real estate is presented to clients has changed dramatically right around the world. In the past, you could put an advertisement in the local newspaper and expect the phone to ring. Property sold. Now that we have a global market place and so much immigration and migration between previously unconnected countries and locations, we have a new challenge. How to reach the attention of busy, stressed people, looking for a…

Climate Changes starts to bite in the nut industries

The influence of climate and weather on human societies is already apparent to the world ’s rural populations: inclement weather can result in failed harvests, higher food prices, unrest, and unrest leading to revolutions. Syria being a good example The increasing effect of climate change should be a warning to all agricultural investors and this is doubly true for climate-sensitive tree-crops, most notably almonds which are considered the cannery in the coal mine. Almond trees: fragile flowers Almonds are…