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Paraguay’s high-protein wheat may be too scarce to seize demand

 Weather damage to crops in Paraguay has robbed the international wheat market of more supplies of the high-quality grain needed to make bread and snatched an opportunity for the country to cultivate customers other than its massive neighbor, Brazil. Frost has been so bad that Paraguay may lose as much as half the 430,000 hectares sown this year, leaving it with just enough crop to cover domestic demand, Jose Berea, president of Paraguay’s chamber of exporters, known as Capeco, said this week.  Now…

Fly Fishing in Argentina

Argentina offers some of the best fly fishing in the world. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler; looking to fish in lakes, brooks or rivers, for salmon, trout, or Dorado; wading, from a boat or from the shore; staying in five-star lodges and Estancias, or camping and cooking your catch on a fire beneath the stars, Argentina has it all, and with the further advantage that the fishing season runs during the northern hemisphere winter, from mid-November until mid-April. Hugo Lesser is an Anglo-Chilean-Peruvian…

Argentine barley is rushed to China as the Australia spat reshuffles global trade

Argentine barley shipments have started streaming toward China after a three-year lull as a trade conflict between Asia’s top buyer and main supplier Australia changes global supply flows of the grain used for livestock feed and beer. Argentina is on track to send at least 250,000 tonnes this year and a record 380,000 tonnes in 2021, according to export licenses and private company declarations seen by Reuters. That is up from virtually nothing in 2019.  “We loaded a ship on Sunday with 65,000 tonnes…

Paraguay Tries to Avoid Late Virus Surge Plaguing Neighbors

Paraguay’s hard lockdown early in the pandemic allowed it to reopen earlier than most. But as the return to work and complacency fuel a deadly surge in cases, authorities see a bigger role for old fashioned radio and television to coax Covid-weary citizens to embrace social distancing again. While neighbors Argentina and Bolivia also kept infections low at the outset of the pandemic, both have seen figures surge in the past month and Paraguay also borders Brazil, the world’s second-worst hit country. “Our…

Happy vendors make for a successful real estate salesperson

Marcia Williamson has been a successful GTSA – Buenos Aire’s broker since 2013 helping foreign and local buyers get the best price for their properties in which is at times, a difficult market for the uninitiated to transverse. It is not hard to see why when she gets recommendations similar to this one. “It is with enthusiasm and deep appreciation that I write a letter of recommendation for Gateway to South America real estate agent Marcia Williamson.  I interviewed several agents before…

What Latin America’s Latest Defaults Mean for Investors

Argentina and Ecuador successfully renegotiated their bonded external debt close to the expiration deadline of their respective offers. In many senses, these stories are very much intertwined. In both cases, a parallel can be drawn between the causes and consequences of this serial defaulter pattern, and now also with the proposed remedies. Fiscal dominance Haunted by chronic high inflation, Ecuador sought inspiration in the successful Argentine convertibility regime at the turn of the 1990s. However, Ecuador…

G20 carbon ‘food-print’ highest in meat-loving nations, says report

Argentina tops the list of G20 nations with a diet exceeding climate thresholds nearly five-fold, followed by Canada, Brazil, the United States, Russia and Australia, says new report comparing carbon emissions from food consumption. If everyone alive ate steaks and dairy the way Brazilians and Americans do, we would need an extra five planets to feed the world, according to the first report to compare the carbon emissions from food consumption in G20 nations, released Thursday. Among the world’s top economies,…

60% of Uruguay’s beef exports last year went to China

Uruguay plans to open a trade office in China to promote its star beef products and better position itself in the Asian country, said an industry insider. The post-pandemic era is opening up opportunities for Uruguayan meat which boasts a natural, organic production process and traceability, Fernando Mattos, president of the Uruguay’s National Meat Institute (Inac), told Xinhua recently. Mattos noted that the opening of the first Inac trade office abroad will mark “a milestone” in the goal…

A young foreign womans story of finding a new home in Argentina

Over the past few decades, more and more people have been travelling the world finding a new home in far-flung corners of the planet. Personally, I never imagined 20 years ago, that Argentina would one day be my home. Living in Australia at the time, I thought maybe I would make my permanent home there, or perhaps return someday to my birthplace, New Zealand, or maybe even try my luck somewhere in Europe. South America, and Argentina, were not on the list. A trip to Peru in early 2000 set off a chain of events…

One mans experience of doing 40 yrs trading with Latin America from New Zealand

One mans experience of doing 40 yrs trading with Latin America from New Zealand One of LANZBC’s longest-standing members and Chilean honorary consul in Auckland, Gerry Williams, managing director of Pacific Basin Exports Limited, writes below about his experiences doing business in Latin America and provides some sage advice. Gerry founded the PBE in 1978 after an extensive trip visiting many farming locations throughout Latin America. Gerry had completed an Export Marketing course and had won the annual…

Why working from home is Bad for Business

I don’t know about you but I can barely wait for this working-from-home period to end. The compulsive walking to and from the fridge, the procrastination as I stare out my window, the commandeering of my dining room table, the lack of a colleague nearby to chat with and laugh. The sooner I’m back in the office the better. Of course, most people would disagree and for good reason. Unlike a single guy living alone without dependants, they’re relishing the avoidance of traffic, the time with family, the…

Argentine Wines – Key Growing Regions Updated

Argentine Wines – Key Growing Regions Updated Argentina’s grape growing areas are divided into three main regions that mostly follow the country’s long western border along the Andes Mountains. Northwest/Norte — High altitude Salta Meaning “very beautiful”, Salta’s vineyards are located in the desert-like Calchaquí Valley and have the Andes’ highest peaks in the background. * Vineyard altitude is 4,200 – 9,842’ * Highest vineyard in the world at 9,842’ in Colomé * Average annual…

How to Future-Proof Your Business in Uncertain Times

You can’t predict the future, but you can prepare for it. It’s called future-proofing, and in uncertain times it is a smart strategy for organizations. Future-proofing can give you an edge in a competitive market, keep you viable and set you up for success down the road. So what exactly does future-proofing mean? And more importantly, how do you do it? Here are some first steps you might want to consider when future-proofing your workplace. Identify and prioritize the most likely drivers for workplace change…

The argentine firm behind AstraZeneca COVID vaccine Latam production sees April/May launch

The Argentine biotech firm working on the production of 400 million doses of an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for Latin America said on Friday it could begin shipping the active substance of the product to Mexico for completion.  Esteban Corley, director of mAbxience, the biotech firm, said he foresaw the finished product could be distributed in Latin America between April and May.  “Sometime in late February these materials will be exported to Mexico and in Mexico they will be formulated, filled…

In Uruguay 15 companies own more than 1,400,000 ha of farm land.

Cows in Uruguay
Seven forest companies, six agricultural groups, a dairy company and a Brazilian business person in Uruguay farm over 1.4 million hectares of productive farmland-as-owners and or tenants. Land suitable for farming in Uruguay is about 16 million hectares. Among the major landowners are a number of Brazilian and Argentine companies. Among the 15 business groups that include Montes del Plata, East Forest, Weyerhaeuser, Tekoayhu Forestry, Forestry South Atlantic RMK Timberland Group and Sierras Stills (Ence) Forestadoras;…
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