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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…

Paraguay is a strong stable economy offering excellent opportunities in agriculture and pastoral farming

Paraguay is a fertile land of exuberant natural beauty in the central region of the continent of South America. Almost as big as California, this landlocked country (tells us that supply is limited) is located between Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. However, it only has about 6 -7 million inhabitants, who are concentrated almost entirely in the three largest cities in the country in the north. Due to its central location, the country has been commonly referred to as the Heart of America. During the last 50 years,…

Paraguay’s Economic, Political Transformation Deserves Recognition

South America is not at the center of global affairs, but few countries in the region may go as unnoticed as Paraguay. At first glance, Paraguay appears an unlikely prospect to stand out as an emerging-market democracy. In the shadow of the large and populous economies of Brazil and Argentina, the small landlocked country was long one of the poorest and most undemocratic. Yet, gradually but surely, Paraguay has accomplished notable political and economic reforms, a transformation that is earning a second…

The hard facts about Paraguay – FAQ for the new investor

PROFILE: Geography Area: 406,752 sq. km. (157,047 sq. mi.); about the size of California. Cities: Capital–Asuncion (pop. 518,945). Other cities–Ciudad del Este, Concepcion, Encarnacion, Pedro Juan Caballero, Coronel Oviedo. Terrain: East of the Paraguay River there are grassy plains, wooded hills, tropical forests; west of the Paraguay River (Chaco region) is low, flat, marshy plain. Climate: Temperate east of the Paraguay River, semiarid to the west.People  Nationality: Noun and adjective–Paraguayan(s).…

Paraguay: A Hidden Gem in the Agrichemicals Market

Whenever agrochemical players think of the South American markets, Brazil will be the one that comes to mind. It became the world’s largest agrochemicial market a few years ago, but it is quite an elusive market to most players because obtaining technical-grade registration takes up to seven years. The second thing that comes to mind for those players who have contemplated a market entry into this region is risk. The region is known for unstable currency and high inflation rate. And for those in India and…

Paraguay – Reasons to Invest and live there

Paraguay recent election results have confirmed the business-friendly environment will continue. Paraguay produces the highest per capita surplus of electricity worldwide from the Itaipu Dam giving it a stable income base that is even stronger than its agricultural exports. Construction Details The course of the seventh biggest river in the world was shifted, as were 50 million tons of earth and rock. The amount of concrete used to build the Itaipu Power Plant would be enough to build 210 football stadiums…

Are agricultural investment funds a bottomless basket?

Financially, we all remember the date: September 2008. The Sub-prime crisis and everything that’s happened in these 10 years. Global rates fell, the profitability of many businesses went down and various businesses ‘too big to fail‘ finally did also fall. But there was a common denominator in a particular sector. Where there were real assets such, as agricultural land, the financial damage was a lower. On the other hand, the dilemma of world food supply continues. By 2050 the population will…

German Agri Terra Group offers investments in Paraguayan agriculture

Founded by brothers Carsten and Michael Pfau in 2012, the Munich headquartered investment advisor Agri Terra has grown into a global player regarding investment opportunities in Paraguay.  Hundreds of clients have used the services of the fast-growing company in order to participate in projects such as cattle breeding, orange plantations or vegetable production in greenhouses in Paraguay, a landlocked country in the heart of South America. Based on the ongoing support from its investors, Agri Terra now finds…

Paraguay is now the worlds third largest exporter of soybeans

Paraguay ranks as the third largest exporter of soybeans this season, with an export volume of 5.8 million tons, according to the latest supply and demand of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),  productivasa.com.py as replicated by the local Paraguay website. Paraguay country moves to the third position overtaking Argentina, which this year faced a historically severe drought, which has caused more than 15 million tonnes of soya losses. Production checks in the productive regions of Argentina,…

Paraguay’s grass-fed beef market offers many investment options

With the Brazilian cattle market hit by concerns over safety and fraud, investors should look to its South American neighbor Paraguay for a resilient cattle – and agricultural – growth story, says Roberto Vitón, managing director at Valoral Advisors, an investment advisory firm specializing in food and agricultural assets in Latin America. In the last ten years, Paraguay has doubled its beef exports to 380,000 metric tons carcass-weight equivalent and is now the world’s seventh largest beef exporter,…

Paraguay: has specialised agriculture in each farming region

A preliminary mapping of this country of opportunities shows a diverse and rich productive structure with cattle ranching as a fundamental pillar of the flourishing Paraguayan economy. In fact, Paraguay offers a variety of productive bets in each of its regions: the west, where most of the agricultural holdings are located and the majority of the rural population also, and the Chaco, which comprises 60% of the total territory of the country and has 2% of the total population of the country (this is where a…

The future of food in South America

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The future of food in South America is uncertain, because high-quality food will be grown anywhere in the world where there is the lowest cost of inputs. The leadership of agriculture and food exports in South America is an achievement of generations and now yields its best harvest. This continent has a most conducive climate for producing high quality food, as well as exceptional soils, thanks to the volcanic ash of the Andes, accumulated over millennia. All these factors, coupled with hard work, the application…

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…

Paraguay Export Economy is Agriculturally Based

Paraguay Export Economy is Agriculturally Based Bordered by Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil, Paraguay. It lies firmly in the heart of South America. With a land area of just under half a million square kilometres, a country that is considerably smaller than its neighbours and has one of the  lowest population densities in the region. With few mineral resources, Paraguay’s economy revolves around agriculture. The country name Paraguay originates from the Guarani word for a great river, the Parana River.…

Things look increasingly positive for PARAGUAY as growth continues

Things look increasingly positive for PARAGUAY as growth continues Paraguay’s growth estimate is now the highest for the whole of Latin America. With the dreaded Foot and Mouth Disease hitting the country in 2012, coupled with the drought, which caused the government to call for emergency assistance, the year saw a contraction of 0.9%. Since then the situation has been increasingly positive for the South American country. Estimates have been on the increase since 9.5% in October last year following to 10.5%…