May 8, 2013 |
Brazil has been criticized for battling a slowdown in its growth with protectionist trade policies, restrictions on capital flows and programs that favor local industry. Can one of its diplomats now become the world's free-trade champion? World Trade Organization members announced in Geneva on Wednesday that they had chosen Brazil's Roberto Azevedo to be the next director general, turning to a longtime trade diplomat from a prominent developing country to run an organization fighting to restore its...
August 30, 2012 |
On a scorching afternoon in the Amazon, all Agustin Villa and his partner needed was a chain saw and gasoline to take down an 82-foot hardwood in less than two minutes. Battling thick brush and mosquitoes, the pair downed 25 trees in all that day, from silk-cotton softwoods to figs, clearing the limbs and sawing them into sections for tractors to drag to a nearby dirt road. Across this corner of eastern Bolivia, peasants torch the forest for subsistence crops, while soy producers clear trees to plant one...
August 14, 2009 |
I?ve been taking a brief respite from my international travels, but the last weekend in August I am hitting the tarmac again. This time, it?s a few weeks in Brazil. Right now, I?m planning on spending the time in Sao Paolo but am open to exploring the country further if anyone knows of great start-up activity elsewhere. I?m working closely with Endeavor which has done amazing work in South and Latin America for more than a decade. But as always, I want to ferret out the best entrepreneurs and investors in the country so send me an...
November 23, 2009 |
LUCAS DO RIO VERDE, BRAZIL -- For nearly 20 years, Luiz Alberto Bortolini cleared trees and planted soybeans as fast as he could, one of many pioneers who turned this barren outpost into prosperous farmland. Now, he and hundreds of other successful farmers are replanting trees as part of an ambitious initiative to reduce deforestation. Their goal -- to set aside one-third of their farms for native vegetation -- is revolutionary in a region long resistant to environmental controls.
December 6, 2009
GETTING THERE AND GETTING AROUND A number of airlines offer round-trip flights to Florianopolis, Brazil, from Dulles, with January fares starting at about $1,300. From there, it's an hour-long bus ride south to Garopaba, the launching point for destinations in this article. Bus terminals in Brazil are modern, pleasant places. Riding the bus is a great way to meet Brazilians, who are famous for their friendliness. WHERE TO STAY El Centro de Yoga Montanha Encantada, ...
March 27, 2011
WHEN WAS the last time an American president stood before an audience in a foreign country and announced that he looked forward to importing more of its oil? Answer: Just over a week ago, when President Obama joined political and business leaders in Brasilia in hailing the fact that their newly discovered offshore petroleum reserves might be twice as large as those in the United States. Americans "want to help with technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely , and when you're ready to start selling, we want to be one of your...