Big Promises, Few Results: Chinese Farms Falter In Uganda

Via The Christian Science Monitor, a report on the performance of Chinese farms in Uganda: The first Abel Mukalazi knew of the land grab was when he saw workers erecting a barbed wire fence around the pasture where his family had grazed their cattle for half a century. He went to the police. They told […]

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UAE Investments Bear Fruit In Kazakhstan

Via Farmland Grab, a report on a UAE-based company’s plans to invest in 1000-hectare orchards in Almaty region: Phoenix Global DMCС, a transnational company based in Dubai (UAE), will invest in the project for orchards development with a total area of 1,000 hectares in Kazakhstan’s Almaty region. Phoenix Global and Kazakh Invest national investment promotion […]

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Trump’s Bid to Buy Greenland Shows That The ‘Scramble for the Arctic’ Is Truly On

Via The Guardian, an article on how world powers are racing to exploit the vast untapped resources of the Arctic as global heating opens up a new frontier: Donald Trump’s cack-handed attempt to buy Greenland, and the shirty response of Denmark’s prime minister, provoked amusement last week. But it was mostly nervous laughter. The US intervention […]

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The Great Land Robbery

Via The Atlantic, an article on a war waged by deed of title that has dispossessed 98 percent of black agricultural landowners in America: I. Wiped Out “you ever chop before?” Willena Scott-White was testing me. I sat with her in the cab of a Chevy Silverado pickup truck, swatting at the squadrons of giant, fluttering […]

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Why Ukraine’s Farmers Are Frightened

Via Ozy, a look at the issue of illegal seizure of Ukraine agricultural land: The life of land-working folk, regardless of where they’re based, has never been easy. They’re up before dawn; their impossibly long days are often packed with intense physical labor. That’s in addition to all the challenges involved with running a profitable […]

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Foreign Investment In Australian Farmland ‘Overstated’?

Via Australia’s Financial Review, a report on foreign investment in Australian farmland: Foreign ownership of Australian farmland is “overstated” when measured on a dollar-value basis, according to a new report by agribusiness lender Rabobank.   While Rabobank found that 13 per cent of Australian farmland by area has some form of foreign ownership interest – […]

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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.