Feb 18 2016
El mercado del café llegó en enero al nivel más bajo en dos años, debido principalmente al descenso de los precios del robusta, informó Robério Oliveira Silva, director de la Organización Internacional del Café (OIC).
Feb 16 2016
Como una medida para aliviar el impacto económico del fenómeno de ‘El Niño’ para los productores, desde este martes la Federación Nacional de Cafeteros pagará el total de la pasilla.
Para cumplirlo, el gremio cafetero publicará diariamente el precio de referencia de la pasilla.
Feb 15 2016
Un total de 65.972 toneladas de arroz entrarán durante este primer semestre, como resultado de la subasta que da el derecho a importar a Colombia este cereal estadounidense, con cero arancel.
Se sabe que entre abril y junio hay una relativa baja oferta del cereal que se cosecha en el país, por lo que este volumen entra a suplir la posible escasez que llegue a presentarse.
Por otra parte, evita que esta llegue para la cosecha nacional del grano, que empieza a recogerse en el mes de julio.
Feb 24 2022
A VISITOR’S LASTING memory of Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, may be that it’s not very memorable at all. Unlike the fashionable beaches of Rio de Janeiro or the splendour of Buenos Aires’s poshest districts, few parts of the city stand out. The centre (pictured) is pleasant but many buildings look in need of a lick of paint. The most famous feature is the Rambla, a coastal avenue which is possibly the longest continuous pavement in the world.
Montevideo’s dullness, however, is a symptom of Uruguay’s quiet success. The country boasts Latin America’s largest middle class, comprising almost two-thirds of the population, compared with an average of around a third elsewhere. It has the region’s highest income per capita, some of its lowest levels of inequality, and has more or less eliminated extreme poverty. In 2019 just 0.1% of the population earned less than $1.90 a day, according to the World Bank. Its capital may lack glamour, but it is short of corruption, too.
And whereas other Latin American governments floundered during the pandemic, Uruguay’s took a sensible middle course. Luis Lacalle Pou, the centre-right president, focused on vaccinations and testing rather than long lockdowns. Fully 70% of the country of 3.5m received two jabs in six months. It was the first country in the region to reopen schools....
Feb 24 2022
IT WAS A swift public humiliation. On February 15th, just 19 days after he left office as his country’s all-powerful president, Juan Orlando Hernández was arrested at his mansion in Tegucigalpa and taken away in handcuffs. The arrest was in response to an extradition request from prosecutors in New York who have charged him with taking part in a violent conspiracy to export 500 tonnes of cocaine to the United States since 2004. He says he is innocent. His arrest holds out the possibility of a new dawn in a country benighted by corruption, violence, poverty and natural disasters.
Mr Hernández’s rise followed the ousting in 2009 of Manuel Zelaya, a Liberal-turned-populist who allied with Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez and sought to change the constitution in order to run for a second consecutive term. Mr Hernández, a conservative, at first presented himself as a reformer. He promised to crack down on drug-trafficking and purged the police. He allowed the Organisation of American States (OAS) to set up a unit to investigate corruption.
He then persuaded Honduras’s Supreme Court, stuffed with nominees of his National Party, to allow him to run for a second term in 2017. The OAS and others denounced his victory as fraudulent. But the United States blessed it. Mr Hernández played the administration of Donald Trump as sweetly as a...
Feb 24 2022
BRAZILIANS ARE no strangers to inflation. In the mid-1980s people crowded around supermarket gates and, as soon as they opened, raced in to buy as much as they could carry. With inflation running on average at 300% that decade, it paid to be early. If an unlucky customer missed the morning rush, they would end up paying higher prices in the afternoon.
Today’s Brazilians are not yet racing down supermarket aisles, nor even stockpiling as much as their inflation-beset neighbours in Argentina. But poor and, increasingly, middle-class Brazilians are feeling the pinch. At 10.6% the inflation rate is among the highest in big economies, and the median income, adjusted for inflation, is at its lowest in eight years. Prices of petrol and ethanol, commonly used in Brazilian cars, soared by 47% and 62% respectively in 2021. Already inflation is one of the most important issues shaping a presidential election due in October. Fully 73% of people surveyed in one poll in January said Jair Bolsonaro, the president, has done a bad job of controlling it.
To cushion the blow Mr Bolsonaro has promised salary increases and is trying to lower fuel taxes. He has beefed up a welfare payment introduced by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, president from 2003 to 2010 and probably Mr Bolsonaro’s main opponent in the election. To do so, he persuaded...