Farmers are bankers in Brazil

Argentina, Uruguay and Panama have the only agriculture-friendly banks of the region Want a financial surprise? In Dominica farmers have to be their own bankers. They have to find financing for the whole process, from sowing to selling their crops. Banks have only 0.8 percent of their total loan portfolio in the agriculture sector, on an island that generates a sizeable 13 percent of its GDP in agriculture. Not surprised? Perhaps you might be if you find that farmers in agriculture giant Brazil have the same problem of banks turning their backs on them. The country has the same 0.8 percent ratio of credits in agriculture to total bank loans, in an economy that is the second biggest grain producer […]


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Global Tourism Industry on Track for Full Recovery by 2024

The global tourism industry is set to reach, and possibly surpass, pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2024, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Five years post-COVID-19, the sector is experiencing a robust resurgence driven by a surge in international travel, improved air connectivity, and strong rebounds in key regions. However, global dynamics must be managed carefully to ensure stable and continuous growth. In 2023, international tourism reached 88% of its 2019 levels, a significant recovery favored by the reopening of Asian markets, as highlighted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The Middle East led the way, surpassing pre-pandemic levels by around 20%, with Europe, the Americas, and Africa following close behind at approximately 90% of their […]