Category Archives: Brazil

Rise of the Rest: A Vision Deferred

Changing demographics and the commodities crash have slowed down the development of poorer countries. Perhaps it all started with a turn in China’s demographics. Demand growth for commodities has declined sharply from recent years and has resulted in a crash of global prices. Copper is … Continue reading

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Working Age Population Around the World 1960-2050

A fast growing economy usually requires a growing working-age population.  It is informative in this regard to look at the size of the working-age population (wap) for different regions and countries of the world. This data, compiled from the UN’s World … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Brazil, China, Demography, Economy, Emerging Markets, Europe, France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Sub-Saharan, United Kingdom, United States

The BRIC and I

The growth prospects of Brazil, Russia and China are dimming, while those of India are flaring. If one is a lonely number, then ‘I’ could be a lonely letter, at least when it comes to the ‘I’ of the BRIC countries. … Continue reading

Posted in Analysis and Opinion, Brazil, China, Demography, Dependency Ratio, Economy, Europe, European Union, India, Japan, Russia, United States

Demography Charts – 1

13 November 2014 Below are charts of country and regional dependency ratios. First some definitions: The total dependency ratio is the ratio of the population aged 0-14 and 65+ to the population aged 15-64. They are presented as number of … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Analysis and Opinion, Brazil, China, Demography, Dependency Ratio, Economy, Emerging Markets, Europe, India, Japan, Russia, Sub-Saharan, United States, US Economy

African Union, FAO and Lula Institute join efforts to fight hunger in Africa

“Almost 60 percent of the arable land in the [African] continent is still not utilized.” From FAO.ORG: Addis Ababa, November 21, 2012 –The African Union Commission (AUC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Instituto Lula of Brazil … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Brazil, Emerging Markets, Food, Sub-Saharan, United Nations

Why Is Brazil the New America? Hint: Water

Brazil is the world’s superpower of water, writes JAMES DALE DAVIDSON in the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: If you would like to get a firsthand peek at the bright future of Brazil, but you don’t have $7,500 for a business-class fare … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Emerging Markets, Natural Resources, United States, Water