The new farming frontier in South America

The new farming frontier in South America Commodity prices may be weaker but South American food producers still enjoy formidable comparative advantages. Foreign investors seeking to benefit from the enormous pick up in Chinese demand for agricultural commodities grown in Latin America have however had a fairly complicated time. A 2010 law limits direct foreign ownership of land in Brazil. Tax and foreign constraints also  limit the profitability of farming in Argentina and listed agribusiness stocks are few…

A Guide to Dairy Investment in Latin America

A Guide to Dairy Investment in Latin America With an average growth rate of 5% a year, South American dairy production appears to be a strong market for investment, despite a certain degree of price and political instability. According to a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, rising incomes and firm regional and international demand have favored dairy production growth in Latin America and the Caribbean. South American milk production expanded by over 5% in 2011 and a similar rate of increase was…

Argentina Farmland Prices continue to Fall

Argentina Farmland Prices continue to Fall With the fall in soya and beef prices farm incomes have dropped. Naturally just as farm prices rose due to record crop and beef prices they are now dropping for the same reason. It is now a buyers market and prices are 25% to 30% lower than at their peak. The mixture of an oppressive taxes (30% additional export tax for farmers) and lower international prices have damaged profitability from a previous 6% to 8% to less than 3% for some. In Argentina prized Nucleus Region…

Soybeans planting keep increasing in South America

Soybeans planting keep increasing in South America There has been a significant surface expansion (mostly in Brazil and Argentina) in the last three decades, new players are involved (such as Paraguay and Bolivia), and there is a large amount of available land in Brazil. A study by Bain & Company, a Boston consultancy, forecasts that Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay together would produce 600 million tons of soybeans and 1.5 billion tons of corn by 2050. To achieve this, those countries…

Direct Farming in South American Los Grobo Style is changing

Direct Farming in South American Los Grobo Style is changing Farming without fields An Argentine farming group is heavy on science and light on assets BRIAN BRETT, a poet, called farming “a profession of hope”. Farmers must pray for just enough rain, amenable soil conditions and good market prices. In Argentina their prayers do not end there. Since the country’s financial crisis in 2002, its government has taxed farmers at between 20% and 35% on their grain exports, while galloping inflation has pushed…

Family Offices are becoming mainstream

Family Offices are becoming mainstream At last estimate, there are more than 3,000 family offices in the U.S. with another 1,000 in Europe and even more in Asia, Latin America and other areas of the world. Almost every week, we are approached by individuals and firms looking to establish a multi-family office or launch a single family office. This is especially true in areas of the world where wealthy families and individuals previously had little-to-no access to family office wealth management firms. In places…

Farm land is where the money is says the investment experts

Farm land is where the money is says the investment experts There’s money to be made in buying global agricultural land The global population is rising steadily — but food production is not, says Chloe Barrow. The result? More demand for arable land, as nations invest to safeguard their food supply and their wealth China, we learn, has 20 per cent of the world’s population and only 9 per cent of its farmland. By contrast Ukraine — at least before Russia took a chunk of its most fertile ground…

What can Argentines learn from Paraguay

What can Argentines learn from Paraguay Paraguay has never had a good reputation in Argentina. Often forgotten, was only associated with poverty and crime. But today the reality may be changing. Paraguay is the fastest growing country in the region and one of the highest growth rates in the world. What can Argentines learn from them? The world is dynamic. All countries change over time. Some other forward and then backwards like Argentina. And the categories and prejudices of the past, slowly, falling behind…

Investment and tax incentives for foreign investors in Paraguay

Investment and tax incentives: Paraguay has a good quality of life and a business-friendly environment, offering an array of opportunities in terms of leisure, sports and the most captivating ecotourism and adventure travel experiences. Its climate and variety of natural resources provide an attractive environment, enhancing business potential. In addition, the country has a privileged location given the confluence of two important rivers (Paraguay and Parana River waterways) in its territory and the fact that…

International Listed Funds with Large Farm Land Holdings in South America

International Listed Funds with Large Farm Land Holdings in South America Some of the global listed companies with large land holdings and featured in many of the agricultural funds include. In addition to these there is a number of private companies with up to 1,000,000 hectares involved in Agriculture. ie El Tejar   in Argentina and Brazil. Cresud (CRESY) is an Argentinean agricultural company that invests in land, cattle and technology. Cresud generates profits through the acquisition, transformation…

Paraguay, Land of new Opportunities

STANDARD & POOR’S LIFT PARAGUAY CREDIT RATING Land of new  Opportunities: Paraguay’s sovereign rating has been raised from BB to BB, keeping a stable outlook. This improvement is an important development, which reflects the success of measures implemented at government level, its strong external financial position, low debt levels. The international financial community increasingly looks more favorably the auspicious process that is being developed in the country, creating a virtuous circle of…

Where are Chinese retail Investors putting their money ?

WHERE CHINESE ARE HEADING This year, South Korea, Thailand and Japan are the top 3 countries for China’s rising middle-class travelling overseas. South Korea received a boost from its popular soap operas – which China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan is even a fan of. Japan’s weakened yen makes for affordable travel, and Thailand became more attractive to Chinese travellers due to its loosened visa requirements. For China’s affluent, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Dubai are considered…

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…

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…

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,…
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