Opinions

Photo: Natalia Mamonova

03 December 2018

Natalia Mamonova: Rural population doesn’t oppose, but often welcomes large-scale land investments in Russia and Ukraine

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One of the main characteristics of agriculture in the post-socialist countries is its dualistic structure - large and small farms coexist in countries such as Russia or Ukraine beside each other. But how has the relationship between these two forms of farming been? Do they cooperate or compete against each other? In an attempt to answer these...

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Photo: Dauren Oshakbayev

05 November 2018

Dauren Oshakbayev: Kazakh agroholdings too big to fail

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The biggest agroholdings in Kazakhstan have one thing in common – huge debts. Dauren Oshakbayev, analyst and director of agricultural economics research program in Center of Applied Research Talap in Astana, Kazakhstan, describes recent developments in the large scale agriculture of Kazakhstan.

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Photo: Eugenia Serova

22 October 2018

Eugenia Serova: Big and small farms will coexist in the future

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Large farms are getting larger – a trend that has been recently observed worldwide. Large farms use modern methods of irrigation and farming techniques and achievelower costs due to economies of scale. This way they may be considered to positively contribute to the society by providing food at an affordable price. However, there are a number of so...

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Photo: Timur Gasiyev

15 October 2018

Timur Gasiyev: White Frigate ran into a perfect storm

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The agroholding White Frigate - once one of the largest importers and producers of poultry meat in Russia - could have ceased to exist in 2009. Then the company experienced a technical default and filed an application for its own bankruptcy. The total debt exceeded 2 billion rubles. The value of assets was estimated at about half as much. However,...

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Photo: Sebastian Senesi, Marcos Daziano

28 September 2018

Sebastian Senesi, Marcos Daziano: Institutional turbulence renders modern technologies insufficient

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The extensive agricultural production sector in Argentina is based mostly on a medium to large scale business model. The production units are connected horizontally by means of (mainly) land leases and (to a lesser extent) ownership in order to increase the scale of production, distribute fixed costs and generate higher income in a generally...

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Photo: Brian Redrup

14 September 2018

Brian Redrup: Skilled, disciplined and committed people make farming successful

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Today’s farming is, as any business, a struggle for competitive advantage. Therefore, a modern farm manager has to know how to market products, plan the production process, and recognize and take advantages of business opportunities. Brian Redrup, the Farms Director at the British agroholding Velcourt and one of the keynote speakers of the upcoming...

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Photo: Aurélio Pavinato

07 September 2018

AURÉLIO PAVINATO: SUSTAINABILITY – THIS IS OUR VIEW ON THE BUSINESS

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SLC Agrícola is one of the largest Brazilian agricultural producers, founded in 1977 by the SLC Group. SLC Group (Schneider Logemann&Cia) was founded in 1945 in the city of Horizont, in a State of Rio Grande do Sul, by three families of German immigrants, among them Frederico Jorge Logemann's family. SLC Agrícola engages mainly in the production...

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Photo: Mila Kletsky

25 August 2018

Investment Trends in Large Scale Farming - Mila Kletsky

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Talking about investments in agriculture, one must differentiate between large scale land deals by means of land appropriation and investments into modernization of the existing agriculture that bring about new technologies, innovative solutions and approaches. Since agriculture tends to be very risky due to unpredictable weather conditions and volatile agricultural commodity prices, investors are reluctant to invest in agriculture. Mila Kletsky, President and Academic Director of Picking Alpha, an international investment consultancy, told largescaleagriculture.com about the trends and developments in agri-food investments with a particular focus on large scale farms.

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Photo: Richard J. Sexton

13 August 2018

Large scale farming is driven by a relentless quest for efficient production and concentration along the food supply chain - Richard Sexton

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Agri-food markets often exhibit high levels of concentration at all stages of the supply chain – "from farm to fork". As processors get bigger, they demand that farms grow to match the higher demand for standardized products. As a result, small and mid-sized farms face severe economic challenges, while the number of large farms is growing. Richard J. Sexton, Professor in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis, explains to largescaleagriculture.com his view on the dynamics of structural change in agriculture in the US.

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Photo: Joaquim Bento de Souza Ferreira Filho

31 July 2018

Joaquim Bento de Souza Ferreira Filho: State policies stimulated large farm development in Brazil

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The objective to generate revenues for the state budget through agricultural trade gave rise to the agricultural land expansion in the Cerrado region (Central region of Brazil) in the 1970s. State policies provided incentives to convert these vast land areas into farmland and to produce tradable agricultural products, especially soybeans. The conversion of the Cerrado was probably the biggest and the fastest land-use change in human history. This fact caused an extraordinary change in the landscape and stimulated the emergence of large scale farming oriented to fulfil the state program of import substitution. Joaquim Bento de Souza Ferreira Filho, Senior Professor at the "Luiz de Queiroz" High School for Agriculture, University of São Paulo, Brazil, explained to largescaleagriculture.com the reasons behind this development and the role large scale farms are playing in the Brazilian economy.

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