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Chile created five national parks over 10 million acres in a historic act of conservation

Chile created five sprawling national parks to preserve vast tracts of Patagonia – the culmination of more than two decades of land acquisition by the US philanthropists Doug Tompkins and Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and the largest donation of private land to the government in South America. The five parks, spanning 10.3m acres, were signed into law by Chile’s ex-president Michelle Bachelet in 2017, launching a new 17-park route that stretches down the southern spine of Chile to Cape Horn. McDivitt Tompkins,…

Don’t Slay the Chilean Puma

A rewrite of the constitution would destroy the opportunity for the poor. When Chilean President Sebastián Piñera cancelled plans to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Santiago this month, he called it “a difficult decision that has caused us a lot of pain.” The pain for Latin America’s most successful economy is only beginning. Negotiations with terrorists and their political representatives seldom end well. Yet that’s what Mr Piñera seems to have in mind. He has opened the door…

Chiles stunning wealth, but poor services behind massive protests

The decision to add 30 pesos to the cost of a ticket on Latin America’s most modern public transportation system this month drew little attention inside or outside Chile, at first. People quietly fumed. A week later, high-school students launched four days of turnstile-jumping protests. Crowds of angry youths built up inside metro stations. It’s not about a 4-cent hike in subway prices With no warning, on the afternoon of Oct. 18, they set fire to stations, then trains. Then grocery, department…

Legal Representatives in Chile

For a person to qualify to be a legal representative of a company in Chile under Chilean law, the person must be an adult over 18 years of age and a permanent resident or citizen of Chile. They do not need to be an attorney, accountant, or even a partner / shareholder in the company; however, they may be such a person. They can simply be an employee of the company or volunteer third-party. Foreigners can not act as legal representatives of a company even if they own a majority of the company, until they have…

LATAM Agribusiness Environment Overview 2019

Latin America is a key provider of agricultural, mineral, and other natural products to the rest of the world. Its diverse geographic landscapes and rich ecosystems, experienced local workforces and government agendas for sustainable development support one of the world’s most competitive regions for agribusiness. As the region’s political and economic stability increases, major consumer markets reach out to these countries to score preferential trade agreements and closer international cooperation commitments.…

Argentine and Brazil agribusiness have an “ecological surplus”

Economist Nicolás Torre, from the IERAL Institute of the Mediterranean Foundation, published an extensive thread on the social network Twitter, highlighting that both Argentina and Brazil have a positive “ecological footprint”. That is, they have more natural resources available than those they consume annually to survive. Torre’s report came in response to accusations against South America in recent weeks. First by The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, when he said that Brazil does not…

Speculation vs. opportunism – a dangerous difference

The ability to be flexible and reactionary appeals to many would-be investors. They like the idea of identifying an opportunity and seizing it with gusto, certain it will pay handsomely. I agree there are advantages to being quick on your feet when locking down an opportunity, but this sort of transaction should trigger a moment of self-assessment. When making the choice on whether to purchase, ask yourself, “Am I a speculator or opportunist,” because the differences between the two are dramatic with expensive…

Chile declares agricultural emergency as extreme drought hits Santiago and outskirts

The Chilean government has declared an agricultural emergency in many areas to try to fast-track a series of relief measures for farmers, including provision of drinking water and medicine for animals. Central Chile is in the midst of what scientists have called a Mega Drought — an uninterrupted period of dry years since 2010. The capital Santiago, home to about half of the country’s population of 18 million and the regions of Coquimbo, Valparaiso and O’Higgins bear the brunt of this year’s drought,…

The billion-dollar agritech start-ups disrupting farming

Investors such as Google and Temasek pile into another sector looking for help from technology Growers in the US have traditionally relied on a distribution system where they had little access to comparable data and opaque pricing of everything from seeds to fertilisers to pesticides. But the combination of falling prices amid bumper crops, consolidation of agricultural groups and the US trade war with China has forced them to seek ways to shore up revenues. Backed by investors such as Google’s venture capital…

An Overview of the Biggest Marijuana Players in South America

There has been a lot of buzz lately about marijuana reform in South and Central America. Although Uruguay will always hold the title for being the first country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana, the Green Wave is hitting the continent in one large swoop. Canadian companies have already seen this opportunity, as South American partners and subsidiaries strike deals for the production and global export of (for now) non-intoxicating CBD. But reform takes time. At the rate things are going, South…

Continued disruption affecting Agriculture

The progressive consolidation of the smaller farms, the growing vertical integration of private companies in certain chains and the relative weight of farm cooperatives, is the beginning of a disruptive trend that challenges the input and processing industry. With this incipient equalization of forces, industrial companies that do not anticipate and adjust their business strategies could lose volume and/or fall into a pricing war that impacts their profitability. In the United States, the 2017 agricultural…

Mistakes to avoid when investing in real estate in Latin America

Investing in real estate may seem simple enough. Considered one of the most profitable businesses for investors this is a market that tends to offer low risk and high rewards. Latin America is rich with opportunity right now. Relatively cheap land not only for properties but for harvest and cattle breeding presents valuable opportunities. Investors should get involved in the market, so that they receive higher margins in the future.  However, it becomes very different and more complicated when you decide…

Latin America and Free Trade Score a Big Win

A trade pact between the European Union and Mercosur opens doors on both sides of the Atlantic. Argentina’s foreign minister fought back tears. President Maurico Macri called it “the most important agreement ever signed in our history.” Latin America’s biggest economy would soon be “reborn,” predicted a top aide to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who likewise heralded the “great day.” The June 28 deal between the European Union and Mercosur was a breakthrough. Who knew…

Changing Farmland Investing Options

We think farmland as an investment is something that in 5-10 years will be a must in any professionally managed diversified portfolio. We are excited to be at the forefront of reporting the rapid changes in this exciting new market which is now opening more opportunities for smaller investors via syndicates and specialised agro funds. Those smaller investors ( USD 50,000 to USD 200,000 ) seeking exposure to real assets with strong cash yields and low volatility have found it nearly impossible to get direct…

New Zealand owned Manuka Dairy Farm in Chile loses judgment which exposed animal abuse and financial losses of more than $5 billion pesos

All the elements that the company attempted to establish as to the liability of the dismissed workers were discarded by the court, which stated in the judgment that it clearly “observes that the risk of economic losses is the fault of the company. On the one hand, the high animal mortality was due is due to mismanagement, something not attributable to the workers but poor company management. On the other hand, the company has never made money (according to the defendant’s evidence) and despite the…
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