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Hass Avocado exports up 12,000 % over 14 years

According to Sierra Exportadora, the value of Peruvian Hass Avocado exports has increased by 12,000% over the past 14 years, from $2,480,000 dollars in the year 2000 to $305,533,000 dollars in 2014. The Chief Executive of Sierra Exportadora, Alfonso Velasquez Tuesta, said Peru had to take advantage of the agro-ecological characteristics of the inter-Andean valleys in the country,…

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR HAS ARRIVED

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Smart farming is becoming the norm in developed countries This is a report funded by Microsoft on the disruption taking place in the food sector in New Zealand and around the world. I have been saying for some time that small farmers who carry on the traditional forms of farming will increasingly struggle to survive. Certainly, there is evidence that…

What are farm syndicates and how do they operate?

Farm syndicates are a business model that offers investors the possibility of buying shares or part ownership to take part of a rural productive initiative, whether this is an agricultural project or a horticultural one. It consists of several investors, with similar interests, who are seeking to obtain benefits through rural activities, without the need of settling in a…

Peru’s mining bonanza spurring growth, and new investment

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kucyznski, visibly frustrated by the lack of progress in infrastructure and other investment projects during his first year in office, has pledged to get the economy moving with a public spending spree. Now, a windfall driven by surging mining exports looks set to make that possible. Peru’s first half export…

Irradiated and Modified: Foods of the Future Reach the Supermarkets

New food products created with artificial intelligence and or processed to last longer are arriving in the Argentine supermarkets; The question is who will bear the extra cost of marketing. Mayonnaise without eggs, milk, and yogurt but made with vegetables, meat irradiated long life, are some of the foods that will be seen in Argentine supermarkets…

Pedro Kuczynski – Peru’s business friendly President

If you were creating the ultimate market-friendly president for an emerging economy with good growth prospects, your end product would probably look a lot like Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Princeton and Oxford-educated, well-connected, honest and armed with pro-growth policies, Kuczynski’s election was warmly received by investors. However, his first…

Are Performance Fees Fair for Syndicate Investors?

The Argument Against Performance Fees If fund managers and syndicate managers do not outperform their benchmark, they continue to get their standard fee, even if they have to forego their performance fee. We like performance but we do not like performance fees. There are fund managers, who charge a fee for management, but then on top of that, they charge…