SOY: An unstable balance

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Published in the December 2012 edition of Notigrobo | By Carlos Sanchez Negrete (General Company of Term SA)
The pricing structure of the current soybean market reflects a situation of supply and demand characterized by concentration and seasonality. The concentration of supply is explained in only three countries - the US, Brazil and Argentina - produce 85 % of world soybean. On the demand side, China accounts for 65 % of world import demand. The strongest feature of seasonality is given in the U.S., located in the northern hemisphere, representing 40% of world exports, and Brazil along with Argentina, the southern hemisphere, exporting 46% of the bean on the planet. With this market structure we can deduce that any climate problem in any of the three countries supply hubs or any political or economic event in China can dramatically change the market situation.

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Happy Holidays 2013-2014

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Keep sharing. Continue hugging. Keep building the future, together.

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Getting it right: a path of governance and development

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Posted in lanacion.com.ar on Saturday December 28 | By Gustavo Grobocopatel and Fabio J. Quetglas
In recent years the country has experienced conflict situations, to differing degrees, compared to generating economic transformations of social stress, resulting from the change in the productive matrix in different regions, either by the innovative exploitation of natural resources (such as the case of large-scale mining), either by the territorial expansion of a mode of production that changes the ecosystem of actors and social relations (the expansion of the agricultural frontier), either by reading the consequences of a given mode of production (as is the case of afforestation and industrialization).

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December 14, 2013: 129th Anniversary of Rosario del Tala's Mill (Argentina)

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Felicitamos en esta fecha tan especial a quienes con su capacidad, esfuerzo y dedicación permiten la mejora continua en la calidad de nuestros productos.

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Gustavo Grobocopatel receives Innovation Award

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El Presidente de Grupo Los Grobo, Gustavo Grobocopatel, recibió el Premio a la Innovación otorgado por la revista Apertura, el diario El Cronista Comercial y la consultora Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC).

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RTRS elects new President

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Alex Ehrenhaus of Grupo Los Grobo was elected as new President of the Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS).

After the presidencies of Banco Real (later Santander), the Dutch NGO Solidaridad, and Nutreco, it was now time for a representative of the Producer Constituency to take the lead. The newly elected President has long term experience with the Roundtable, both on institutional level – working groups National Interpretation Argentina, National Interpretation Uruguay, Traceability & Market Claim, Supply Chain Protocol, International Technical Verification, Critical Criteria Development, Pesticides Use, and as member of the Executive Board, as well as implementing the RTRS certification scheme in part of Los Grobo´s operations in Argentina, and Brazil. Alex became member of the Executive Board in 2010. The current Executive Board unanimously supported Alex´/Los Grobo Group candidacy.

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What the West Can Learn from Jugaad

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STRATEGY+BUSINESS ISSUE 70  SPRING 2013 By Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu, and Simone Ahuja
The structured approach to innovation favored by mature companies can’t deliver the agility and differentiation they need today

For three generations, Gustavo Grobocopatel’s family had pursued a small-scale, subsistence model of farming in Argentina. Grobocopatel dreamed of growing his farm into a larger, more sustainable enterprise, but his vision was hindered by scarcity. For one thing, he had difficulty accessing large tracts of land. Although Argentina is a vast country, farmland is hard to come by. Only 10 percent of the land is arable, and much of that is controlled by a few owners who are reluctant to part with it. Grobocopatel also faced a shortage of the skilled labor needed to scale up his business—people who could fertilize, sow, tend, and harvest crops. In Argentina, such labor is in limited supply, is not formally organized, is spread out across the country, and can be costly to hire, especially during peak harvest seasons. Finally, he didn’t have the capital to buy the farm equipment he needed. Funding opportunities for bootstrapping new businesses are very limited for entrepreneurs in Argentina.

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Matilde Grobocopatel: "As companies, we want to transform reality"

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The member of the Foundations and Companies Group (Grupo de Fundaciones y Empresas) said that firms no longer want to be regarded as “mere donors of economic resources.” Access the Sustainable Development Forum presentations.

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Recommended video: "One Hungry Planet"

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In 2010, agricultural production represented 56% of the foreign currency that entered Argentina. In the next 10 years, global demand for food will grow 20 (Courtesy BASF Global)

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Brazil and Argentina, a common path

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By Gustavo Grobocopatel | For La Nación (Arg.)
The visit of Brazil President Dilma Rousseff and her entourage of Brazilian businessmen to the annual conference of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA) had an unprecedented profound political and strategic meaning in the history of our nations. This is so because of the historic process the Mercosur is undergoing, where the projection of the relation between Argentina and Brazil is necessary for its consolidation and deepening.

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