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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,” soy sauce and, of course, that…

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 is now…

Argentina and Brazil look more promising

Argentina’s Merval and Brazil’s Bovespa were Latin America’s standout equity indices this quarter. In Argentina investors are encouraged by both the nascent economic recovery and President’s Macri’s improving standing in the polls ahead of October’s presidential election. In Brazil it appears that momentum has finally swung behind pension reform, which should improve public finances. Source: Latam Investor (Visited 42 times, 1 visits today) About Gateway to South AmericaGateway to South America…

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 growth in meat alternatives…

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…

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 policies…

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 need…

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, a testimony…

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 sustainability…

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 poll by Pew…

Real Estate Disrupter Purplebricks model fails in Australia

Purplebricks is quitting Australia less than three years since it entered the market promising to “change the real estate landscape” with its fixed-fee model and online platform after making serious losses. Although both Purplebricks and Savills backed Yopa hybrid models of selling real estate both started up with some degree of success in the bull real estate markets it entered into, once the market normalised they quickly got into trouble. Both have raised and lost millions of pounds from investors…

Populists Governments are reforming Latin America Agribusiness but uncertainties persist

Key View • The recent wave of anti-establishment governments across Latin America could result in significant structural changes to the agricultural sectors in these countries. • The agribusiness sector played a key role in providing support to these ‘outsider’ political campaigns, and we believe agricultural reform will continue to dominate political discourse over the next few years. • We believe that the production of soybean, grain and livestock, mainly in Brazil and Argentina, is most…

Australian Farming Experts recomend South America

FARMERS may turn to buying property across the globe as climate changes effects bite hard, a Geelong agriculture forum heard yesterday. The agricultural college’s carbon discussion heard the views of some of the country’s peak climate change and agriculture experts. The forum heard dire outlooks for Australia’s pastoral land, described as “the worst paddock” on the global farm. Modest estimations suggested sea levels rising a meter plus by the century’s end. Worst case scenarios…

The Problem: Property Not Selling? Maybe we can help

There are a number of reasons why otherwise prime real estate gets no interest from qualified buyers.  Is it priced for the market conditions? ( market values keep changing up and down ) Is it easily accessible to be viewed. Is it being advertised in the logical target markets? Does the quality of marketing represent the quality of the property? ie is it repressed by high-quality media that has been edited professionally? Here is an example from Cafayate, Argentina. Is the real estate salesperson experienced…
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