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January Edition 2013

 

Food and agriculture finance: Brazilian agro-investments set to rise

Brazil Rousseff Seeks Expanded Business Investments in 2013

Brazil ‘simply too big to ignore’ for companies looking overseas

Brazil, China and Singapore driving the digital revolution

Brazil's RealRises

Investing in Africa: Is Brazil the New China?

Arab world's metal exports to Brazil increase 138% reaching $83.72m in 2012

Brazil plans Amazon tree census to assess deforestation

Green News

New SMS Service

Charcoal Prices

Online Survey

Annual Reports

 

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Welcome to the January edition of the Greenwood Management monthly newsletter.

Our aim is to send out a newsletter on a monthly basis to advise you of future events and report on previous industry related events and news articles.

In this month’s newsletter, as well as the usual industry related items, we are providing a brief snapshot of the planting operations in progress at Greenwoods plantations in Bahia state. A more in-depth account of these operations will be provided to our clients in the “Client report”, to be released shortly.

As the rainy season in Bahia is confined to the months of November through to late February, this time is always crucial to the ongoing planting and maintenance programmes. Incoming deliveries of such items as seedlings, fertilisers, phosphates, herbicides, limestone are a daily occurrence. Rainfall levels locally have been considerably above average levels to date which, although hindering some transportation aspects of the operations, isbeneficial overall to the actual planting programme itself. We hope the photos below provide an insight into the projects as they go forward.

We have included some investment articles that may be of interest. Enjoy reading and look out for announcements on our new project.

 

Food and agriculture finance: Brazilian agro-investments set to rise

Food and agriculture finance: Brazilian agro-investments set to rise by Rob Dwyer New farm land being opened up; Foreign investors making profit-sharing deals Further reading Food and agriculture finance: Investors look to plough cash into farmland Financing the food crisis Long-term trends in demand and supply for the world’s food resources are leading to growing interest in Brazilian agriculture as an asset class. A recent report by UK-based Chatham House suggests that demand for food will increase by between 70% and 100% by 2050, and states that the world will likely teeter close to food crises in the coming years. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization agrees with the low end of the range in the Chatham House report, estimating that food production must increase by 70% over the next 40 years.

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Brazil Rousseff Seeks Expanded Business Investments in 2013

After Brazil’s government took steps this year to boost productivity and consumption, the country’s businesses need to do their part by increasing investments in 2013, President DilmaRousseff said yesterday.

Plans to reduce energy costs and spur infrastructure investments will make the world’s sixth-largest economy more competitive by cutting costs, Rousseff said in a speech broadcast on national television. Lower taxes and interest rates may also facilitate business, Rousseff said.

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Brazil ‘simply too big to ignore’ for companies looking overseas

THE world’s eyes will be on Brazil, the fifth-largest country in the world, in the years ahead as it prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic and Paralypmic Games.

These two major events will create opportunities for Yorkshire businesses in a market described as “simply too big to ignore” by Mark Robson, UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) international trade director for Yorkshire and the Humber.

With a population of around 185 million people and a GDP per head greater than either India or China, Brazil has one of the world’s most rapidly developing economies.

Mr Robson said openings will be created in stadia development and related infrastructure, including rail and roads, as well as energy and power, and a myriad of other sectors and services.

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Brazil, China and Singapore driving the digital revolution

Fast-paced adoption of smartphones and other mobile devices is creating a new mobile-centric generation that is overtaking the US and Europe in terms of demand for digital media.

Consumers in Singapore, Brazil and China are not tied to legacy media such as CDs, DVDs or physical video games and so have been the quickest to embrace digital forms of media.

China, Brazil and Singapore are driving digital media consumption trends, fueled by rapid smartphone and tablet adoption and the lack of a strong existing connection between these users and traditional forms of media such as CDs or DVDs.

According to the YouGov survey, commissioned by KPMG, the surging popularity of mobile digital devices in these countries is creating a new mobile-centric generation. "Consumers in China, Brazil and Singapore across all age groups are accessing and using media at an astonishing pace," says Gary Matuszak, KPMG's Global Chair, Technology, Media and Telecommunications. "They are quick to acquire hand-held mobile devices, and are incredibly receptive to all forms of information, news and entertainment from TV, internet, newspapers, magazines and radio."

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Brazil's RealRises

With little volume due to the U.S. holiday, Brazil's real opened slightly stronger against the dollar Monday, recouping the previous trading day's losses.

The real opened at BRL2.0401 to the dollar, according to TullettPrebon via FactSet, stronger than Friday's close at BRL2.0427 and near Thursday's level of BRL2.0403 to the dollar.

With U.S. markets closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, volumes Monday were limited in a market that has already seen trading volumes drop, as investors see little room for the currency to move with the central bank active in containing strength and weakness in the real.


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Investing in Africa: Is Brazil the New China?

Brazil's role as a trade partner with Africa is increasing, but the political links between the continent and Brazil may prove more important.

In December, senior representatives of the Chinese and Brazilian foreign ministries met in Beijing for what was billed the ‘second China-Brazil consultation on African affairs’. They claimed to have expanded their consensus on Africa issues, but to what extent does such a consensus exist?

It is understandably tempting to draw parallels between China and Brazil’s economic and political engagement in Africa, and both have generated much speculation. But how similar are the two emerging powers’ interactions with the continent?

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Arab world's metal exports to Brazil increase 138% reaching $83.72m in 2012

The Arab world exported $83.72m worth of metals to Brazil in 2012, representing a 138% increase compared to $35.18m in the same period in 2011, according to recent figures released by the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. Brazilian metal exports to Arab countries, on the other hand, reached $133.90m with the UAE emerging as Brazil's top destination with $43.19m worth of imports. The Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce further revealed that the top three Arab exporters of metals to Brazil in 2012 were Saudi Arabia ($37.34m), Bahrain ($30.61m and the UAE ($4.73m). Saudi Arabia ($35.74m) and Egypt ($15.06m), on the other hand, joined the UAE as the top Arab importers of Brazilian metals.

"The trade of metals has been one of the key highlights of Brazil's socioeconomic relations with the Arab world. The steady volume of Brazilian metal exports to various Arab countries underlines the aggressive pace of development across the region and Brazil is certainly pleased to supply premium-quality products that support the energetic transformation of the Arab world. Moreover, the phenomenal increase in Arab metal exports to Brazil likewise reinforces the strong trade relations between the two regions and will certainly help unlock more opportunities to boost trade activities and promote mutual growth and development," said Michel Alaby, General Secretary and CEO of Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.

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Brazil plans Amazon tree census to assess deforestation

Most detailed study for forty years will also analyse climate change impact and allow ministers to examine forest 'from within'

The Brazilian government is to launch a four-year tree census of the Amazon to improve understanding of the impacts of deforestation, climate and conservation efforts.

The study will also help to assess the potential value of the biodiversity under the canopy and the growth of human settlements in the Amazon region, which is home to a number of fast-expanding cities, as well as uncontacted indigenous tribes.

The cataloguing operation will be the most detailed study for 40 years – a period in which the world's greatest forest has come under unprecedented pressure from farmers, loggers and drought.

The environment ministry said the inventory "will allow us to have a broad panorama of the quality and the conditions in the forest cover".

Improvements in satellite monitoring technology have already provided a wealth of data about the degradation of the Amazon.

Last week, Nasa released figures showing that an area twice the size of California continues to suffer from a mega-drought, which began eight years ago. Nasa said this may be the first sign that the Amazon is suffering major consequences from climate change.

The Brazilian government also uses a sophisticated satellite system to co-ordinate its actions against illegal forest clearance. The environment ministry says this has slowed deforestation and pushed Brazil halfway towards its Copenhagen commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 36% by 2020.

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Green News

At Greenwood Management we often come across articles that may be of interest to you. We thought that instead of keeping you waiting for an entire month that we would start to send out individual stories, updates or articles of interest from time to time – this is our new mini newsletter service, 'Green News'.

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