What is happening in Argentina?

By Guil Signorini, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University

Javier Milei, the new president of Argentina, has drawn the attention of the global press since he took office on Dec. 10 last year. Milei represents the anti-establishment and interrupts a sequence of 23 years under the executive leadership of the Justicialist Party (JP), a left-leaning party. The 23-year PJ run was interrupted only once between 2016 and 2020, when the Argentines elected Mauricio Macri president. Macri’s term ended with a bitter taste of frustration as he failed to implement any significant changes in how the country was run.

President Milei started his term quite differently. On Dec. 27, 2023 (less than a month in office), he submitted a collection of 664 proposals to Congress in an effort to implement the political, social, and economic reforms that convinced his supporters. The reformist project titled Bases and Starting Point for the Freedom of Argentines tackles sensitive issues in many sectors of the economy, including agriculture and livestock.… Continue reading