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Water Rights that are affecting Chilean Agriculture

Water rights can be a complicated issue when you’re looking for an agricultural  property for sale or lease in Chile. The most important issue to understand is that you don’t automatically own the water on or under your property. So you could have a river the size of the Rio Plata running through your farm in Chile, but unless you own water rights from that river or canal, you’re not legally entitled to use any of its water. Having said that Chile has one of the largest reserves of water in the world…

Why there will be water wars sooner than you think

Water has become a real issue as the people around the world are finding out more and more.  New techniques for desalinating ocean waters might be an answer and  this might solve the problem of rising ocean levels!  Here is a great article from Simon Black who reports on some astounding data from around the world. Shanghai, China A few days ago I had a conversation with the Chief Operating Officer for our agricultural fund in Chile. We were discussing water, and he told me that roughly 60% of California…

Brazil still needs to be on investors radar

The country is set to be the number one agricultural powerhouse globally within a few years. The UN forecast Brazil will become the world’s largest foods exporter by 2020, while the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) put the potential farmland available in the country at 400 million hectares, of which only 50 million (12.5%) is being utilized. Brazil has as much spare farmland as the next two largest countries on the list combined – the US and Russia. Linked to this is Brazil’s ownership of 15% of…

Union Agriculture Group (UGA)

The Uruguayan Union Agriculture Group (UGA) may have got its timing wrong in buying El Tejars farm assets in Uruguay it seems in hindsight. The seller was El Tejar who was one of the largest rural players in South America and took the opportunity to sell all its Uruguay farms ( 67,000 ha ) as it thought the market had peaked to its larger competitor UGA. UGA can now boost around 172,000 ha in total. However the idea of then UGA creating an initial public offering (IPO ) with the combined acreage has become…

A Brazilian town desperate for men full of beautiful young women. What is the catch ?

Believe it or no but there is a small Brazilian town suffering from a serious man drought has made an appeal for eligible bachelors. The population of Noiva do Cordeiro in southeast Brazil consists of more than 600 beautiful single women aged between 20 and 35. The remote settlement was founded in the 1890s when a young woman and her family were excommunicated from the Catholic church after she was accused of adultery. Shocking behavior. In some cultures, she would have been stoned to death. They were joined…

Startups businesses surge in South America

(This article was written by Mark Lennon and Christine Magee and was published on July 1, 2014 on CrunchBase, for which they work as analysts.) Winter is coming in South America, but for investors and entrepreneurs things are starting to heat up across the continent. New tech communities are sprouting up in South America to serve the 200M+ population that is increasingly reliant on internet and mobile technology.  In June the accelerator program Start-Up Chile announced Generation Ten, its latest batch of…

Paraguay has another record Soya Harvest cementing its position as one of the world largest Soya exporters.

Landlocked Paraguay has become the new ‘soybean king’ with a harvest of over 9 million tons, a new record, 13% compared to the previous crop, according to the figures released by the Paraguayan Chamber of Grains and Oilseeds Exporters, Capeco. Paraguay has another record Soya Harvest cementing its position as one of the world largest Soya exporters. The exact volume to date  is 9.285.000 tons, which has also come with an increase of the area planted and with even more encouraging prospects for…

Why and How to invest in South American Agriculture ?

Many of the topics that were considered fringe in the past but are now coming to reality with the effects of global warming; the morality of food miles when countries use diminishing resources to ship food a long way to any market, geopolitical power shifts, the potential break up and loss of power in the United States, along with the growing power of Asia, Brazil, and the Pacific rim countries, like Australia and Chile, are all topics of hot discussion. GTSA obviously has its own agenda in all this as we see…

What happens to the Soya that South America exports ?

Soya is one of the most rapidly spreading crops in the world, particularly in South America export. The  demand continues to rise due to the increased consumption of meat and dairy products and the  biofuels boom. It is the crop that provides the largest amount of protein per hectare, and it is  used to make fodder for animals, prepared foods, vegetable oil, industrial inputs and recently,  biofuel. The principal producing countries are Brazil, the United States and Argentina . These countries lead in exports,…

The soya value chain in Paraguayan agriculture

The soya value chain  can be divided into five phases (see above ).  Of these, only two (in green in the graphic) are carried out in Paraguay agriculture. According to a national analyst, ‘soya production in Paraguay is practically like an assembly plant: the inputs come from abroad, the and and water are provided here and often the same company that supplies the inputs is the exporter. They supply the inputs through credit to the producer, and commit to purchase the production. The producer is just…

Argentina’s debt fight with the Vulture Funds harboured in the US: What it is, why it matters to the world

Argentina’s 13-year  debt fight with creditors erupted in U.S. courts last week, and the results were messy. Argentina had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling that it must pay $1.5 billion to hedge funds for bonds Argentina had defaulted on in 2001. The Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal a victory for the hedge fund investors whom Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez, had called “vultures.” Fernandez had said Argentina couldn’t afford…

Chile as an agricultural investment destination

Even the relatively “dull and drab” parts of Chile are  beautiful from the outstanding Andes to the lakes and rivers below. I have been most of the worlds countries, including extended visits to Spain, France, Italy, England, Canada and the US, Australia and New Zealand, and have seen all the best spots in each, and I believe Chile to at least as  beautiful if not more so. Why Chile is so often neglected by tourists and expatriates compared to other countries is a mystery to me. Chile is a wonderful,…

China needs more of the worlds food, making investing in the Agriculture sector a sure bet

By Ding Xuedong To the people, food is the most important issue under the sky.” So says an old Chinese proverb; but if that is so, the clouds may be darkening. As the world’s population grows – and as its people grow more prosperous and more carnivorous – it will only become more difficult to provide a plentiful supply of food at affordable prices. I n many countries, food security is already an urgent challenge, as the world food price crisis of 2007-08 showed. According to research by the UN Food…

Argentina’s richest 15 families worth is over 27 Billion US dollars

Argentina’s richest 15 families worth is over 27 Billion US dollars ( 2014 ) The total fortune of the 15 wealthiest Argentines has been estimated at 26.85 billion dollars, falling just shy of the 27.679 billion dollars currently in the Central Bank’s foreign reserve account, according to a list of the country’s richest people published recently by the local edition of Forbes magazine. The difference being this money is real whereas no one believes the Argentine Central Bank actually has 27 Billion…
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