China Spins a Worldwide Web of Food From Mozambique to Missouri

Via AgWeb, an interesting look at at China’s global food web: Chinese company Wanbao Grains & Oils Co. processes rice in the Limpopo Valley, Mozambique. Inside a gated compound patrolled by armed guards, hulking towers and concrete buildings loom over fields where Silva Muthemba once grew maize and fattened his cattle. The granaries and surveillance […]

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Farming the World: China’s Epic Race to Avoid a Food Crisis

Via Bloomberg, a look at China’s efforts to feed its future: China’s 1.4 billion people are building up an appetite that is changing the way the world grows and sells food. The Chinese diet is becoming more like that of the average American, forcing companies to scour the planet for everything from bacon to bananas. But China’s […]

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What Do We Know About The Chinese Land Grab In Africa?

Via Brookings, a report on the Chinese land grab in Africa: There is a consensus in Africa that agriculture is one of the keys to achieving sustainable and inclusive growth there. Most of Africa’s population and its poor depend on agriculture, so this sector can provide potentially significant gains. Agriculture also has the potential to become […]

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Cities Eating Into World’s Farm Lands

Via Eco Watch, a report on how, by 2030, the world could lose 30 million hectares of farm lands to cities, 80% of which will happen in Asia and Africa: By 2030, the world could lose millions of fertile agricultural lands to expanding cities with Asia and Africa accounting for 80 per cent of the […]

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China Goes Food Shopping — To Russia

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, a look at how China is not conquering Russia but leasing it, or buying it, a trend that we can expect to grow as Russian food production to skyrocket with climate change, making it an ever more strategic water and agricultural resource for China: When Chinese delegations visit the sprawling […]

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This Land Is Their Land….

Via TakePart, a detailed report on the trend – across the globe – of governments and investors from wealthy nations buying up foreign farmland to support domestic food security: In 2009, Madagascar’s ruling party struck a deal with Daewoo, a South Korean conglomerate, to lease half the island’s arable land. The foreign firm would get […]

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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.