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…

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…

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…

Opinion: Latin America – the ‘Valley Girl’ of global markets

Opinion: Latin America – the ‘Valley Girl’ of global markets (This article was written by John Price, the managing director of Americas Market Intelligence) If the Latin American market could be symbolized by one single character, the California Valley Girl might fit the bill. It’s a simplistic, even insulting stereotype, but one that stands up to statistical scrutiny, specifically an analysis of Latin America’s share of the globe in different product usage, asset classes, and investment flows. After…

Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru: Better Together

The following is a communiqué issued on September 21 by the Presidents of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos; Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto & Peru, Ollanta Humala . The Pacific Alliance is achieving significant results. Three years ago, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru decided to move toward deeper economic and commercial integration. The effort was based on our common belief that the free movement of people, goods, services and capital can help us achieve greater welfare and social inclusion…

Uruguay’s Economy continues to grow

Uruguay’s economy has expanded 3.7% during the second quarter of 2014 making for 10 years of continuos expansion. With the exception of construction, which had a negative performance, all other sectors of the Uruguayan economy expanded during the second quarter compared to 2013. Exports during the period, increased 8.1% in volume on an annual basis while imports increased at a 2.4% rate. Last year the Uruguayan economy expanded 4.4% above the government target and other estimates such as the IMF and 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…

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…

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,…

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…
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