What Happened To Land Grabs In Africa?

Via Africa As A Country, commentary on why – more than a decade since the surge in large-scale land acquisitions worldwide – many land deals remain in limbo: Violence against land rights defenders in Uganda and anti-mine protesters in South Africa. Oil palm plantations razing forests in Liberia and the island of São Tomé. Industrial waste from sugarcane plantations polluting the […]

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Cambodia’s Great Koh Kong Land Rush

Via Mongabay, an article on a land grab in Cambodia’s Koh Kong province that is taking land from protected areas: In July, conservationists in Cambodia sounded the alarm over a regulation that saw eight protected areas in Koh Kong province collectively lose territory twice the size of Phnom Penh, the country’s capital. Officials said the move, […]

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Climate Change Will Alter Where Many Crops Are Grown

Via The Economist, an article on how climate change will alter where many crops are grown, likely introducing new tensions over arable land: Tom Eisnehauer remembers driving through Manitoba, a province in central Canada, more than a decade ago. Surrounding his car were fields of cold-weather crops, such as wheat, peas and canola (rape). Dense […]

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In Fertile Ukraine, A 20-Year Freeze On The Sale Of Farmland Is Lifted

Via Radio Free Europe, a report on Ukraine’s decision to lift a freeze on the sale of farmland: For small farmers in Ukraine, a traditional “breadbasket” that boasts some of the world’s richest soil, there’s something new under the sun this summer: They can sell their land if they want to. Liliya Sytnyk doesn’t. Like […]

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China is Coming for American Farms

Courtesy of Newsweek, more commentary on China’s growing interest in American farmland: While Washington’s growing focus on “great power competition” with China is expanding to encompass things like research and development, semiconductors and manufacturing, so far it hasn’t seriously addressed one element: American land. At the expense of American landowners, farmers and companies, Chinese corporations have […]

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President Biden, Keep China Away From American Farmland

Via The American Conservative, commentary on how – like communications technology – agriculture and land are a major front in China’s quest for economic dominance: Is Joe Biden weak on China? Millions of Americans certainly think so. With TikTok and WeChat, two spy tools favored by the Chinese regime, still operating in the U.S., President Biden could […]

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About This Blog And Its Author
Seeds Of A Revolution is committed to defining the disruptive geopolitics of the global Farms Race.  Due to the convergence of a growing world population, increased water scarcity, and a decrease in arable land & nutrient-rich soil, a spike of international investment interest in agricultural is inevitable and apt to bring a heretofore domestic industry into a truly global realm.  Whether this transition involves global land leases or acquisitions, the fundamental need for food & the protectionist feelings this need can give rise to is highly likely to cause such transactions to move quickly into the geopolitical realm.  It is this disruptive change, and the potential for a global farms race, that Seeds Of A Revolution tracks, analyzes, and forecasts.

Educated at Yale University (Bachelor of Arts - History) and Harvard (Master in Public Policy - International Development), Monty Simus has long held a keen interest in natural resource policy and the geopolitical implications of anticipated stresses in the areas of freshwater scarcity, biodiversity reserves & parks, and farm land.  Monty has lived, worked, and traveled in more than forty countries spanning Africa, China, western Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Southeast & Central Asia, and his personal interests comprise economic development, policy, investment, technology, natural resources, and the environment, with a particular focus on globalization’s impact upon these subject areas.  Monty writes about freshwater scarcity issues at www.waterpolitics.com and frontier investment markets at www.wildcatsandblacksheep.com.