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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…

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…

South America’s New Panama Canal to Pass-Through ‘Green Hell’

Paraguay plans to turn its remote, sparsely populated northwest into an international transport hub and a key link between ports on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America, in a proposal its government likens to a latter-day Panama Canal. Investment of over $2 billion in basic infrastructure such as roads and bridges aims to transform the Chaco region and boost trade, according to Public Works Minister Arnoldo Wiens. The Corredor Bioceanico will connect ports in Brazil and Chile, while a revitalized…

Soy: What you need to know about this challenging crop

Can a “hidden” commodity have a sustainable future? It’s the protein at the heart of the global food system. But most people are hardly aware of how much soy they eat – and where it comes from. Why is soy such an essential crop? And what’s being done to make sure it’s grown responsibly? We’re all familiar with soy. There are varieties aplenty: from vibrant green edamame beans (eaten straight from the pod) to tofu and tempeh. There are soy burgers, “meatballs,”…

Paraguay’s soy boom: a blessing or a curse?

Paraguay’s is not often highlighted for its economic achievements. Yet after 20 years of stagnation at the end of the 20th century, the landlocked country has enjoyed almost a decade of economic growth, still one of  the fastest in Latin America. Driving this impressive expansion is a thriving agricultural sector, and its principal product: soybean. Taking advantage of recent rises international prices, spurred by demand from China and the purchase from EU countries to produce biodiesel, Paraguay…

SOUTH AMERICA’S UNLIKELY NEW ECONOMIC HOPE: PARAGUAY

Paraguay is emerging as a little-recognized beacon of economic success in South America.  It would have been all too easy for foreigners visiting Paraguay at the turn of the 21st century to dismiss the landlocked country as little more than a languid backwater — scarred by a history of war, dictatorship and corruption, and with dim prospects. If they were to return now, they would hardly recognize the place. Gleaming skyscrapers have sprouted up across the capital, Asunción, over the past…

Will Farming Change: Artificial Meat Arrives

The commercial introduction of plant-based and cultured meat retail products will depend on how the consumer responds to these meat alternatives over the medium term but it is not yet at all clear.  There’s been a major new initiative for meat alternative products by US-based Tyson’s Foods, one of the world’s largest food companies.  US fast food chains have begun selling protein-based burgers in addition to traditional hamburgers.  Potential exists for considerable…

First Global Industry Report “Blockchain Real Estate”

The State of Blockchain in Real Estate  –  2019 The FIBREE Industry Report is the most important yearly contribution of FIBREE to the market. It provides in-depth articles and a global overview of the latest developments in the field of Blockchain and Real Estate. I hope you find the study of some interest and value. Source: John Dean MarkunasFIBREE New York City Regional Co-ChairFoundation for International Blockchain Real Estate Expertise (Visited 53 times, 1 visits today) About Gateway…

Trade deal with EU huge boost for South American bloc

The historic trade agreement signed Friday in Brussels is a massive shot in the arm for the four-nation South American bloc known as Mercosur. The trade alliance grouping Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay has struggled for momentum since it was set up in 1991. Though the agreement eliminates tariffs against the EU in key sectors, the bloc still has to get its own house in order, according to analyst Nicolas Albertoni of the University of Southern California. “Nearly 30 years after its creation…

Paraguay: A Friendly Investment Environment

Paraguay’s small land mass borders Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. It covers 406,752 square kilometers and houses a population of approximately 7 million people. Despite being one of two landlocked Latin American countries (together with Bolivia), it nevertheless powers a significant economic and logistical hub. It’s a great strategic base for foreign businesses expanding into the region. In the last few decades, Paraguay has started to fight against extreme poverty and adopted many business-friendly…

Latin America holds 42% of the world’s agriculture expansion potential

Latin America is one of the few regions of the world where agriculture production can expand since it holds 42% of that potential globally. Latin America is a net exporter of food and plays an important role when addressing the challenge of increasing world food production so as to guarantee food security in the future. “In spite of the regrettable abandonment of agriculture and the campo suffered during several decades not so long ago”, the sector is bound to adopt a vanguard role given the global…

Paraguay’s strong growth erases the shadows of its past

Foreign investors are attracted to low tax rates and competitive labour costs. Electricity is also cheap thanks to Itaipu’s huge hydroelectric dam. Foreigners visiting Paraguay at the beginning of the century XXI described the landlocked country as little more than a moor with few opportunities and marked by a history of war, dictatorship and corruption. If they came back now, they wouldn’t recognize it. During the past decade, there have emerged bright skyscrapers in Asunción, the Capital,…

GTSA is searching for more Country Partners and Commission Brokers

Looking for a change – Join GTSA Company Description – Southern Cone Real Estate Specialists We are an independent company specialising in real estate brokerage and marketing advice for clients who wish to invest or sell properties in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.  We specialise in leading-edge marketing systems designed to speed up the traditional selling times of real estate in these locations. GTSA is a company that relies on the talents of its people to provide quality…

Feeding the world in 2050

As the population grows, we must change the way we grow and consume food As global populations grow – to a predicted nine billion by 2050 – and diets evolve, sustainability becomes an increasingly significant issue. Resources (particularly land and water) are limited and consumer behaviour is changing. Food producers cannot ignore these factors and need to address whether they are supplying what the consumer wants, at the right price, at a sustainable cost and to the right location. Agriculture…

How Will Climate Change Impact Latin America?

Regardless of whether you believe global warming is man-made or not, it’s clear that it is happening. According to Nasa the earth’s global temperature has risen by 1.62 degrees since the last 19th century, while five of the warmest summers on record have happened since 2010. As a result, established weather patterns around the world are being upended. Climate change will have an outsized impact in Latin America and will lead to far-reaching economic and social challenges. Indeed, in a recent…
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