How Egypt’s Water Feeds The Gulf

Via Mada, a look at the acquisition of Egypt’s natural resources to secure Gulf food: Vast expanses of green extend across the horizon, tended by the advanced machinery that has replaced hundreds of agricultural workers. The land is watered using center-pivot irrigation systems, connected to one another in a series of canals through which water is […]

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Mapping The African Land Grab

Via Africa is a Country, a report on the consequences of land grabbing on the African continent: In 2013, the journalist Fred Pearce, one of the most authoritative environmental journalists in the United Kingdom, published a book, The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth, in which he details how African governments are selling long leases on […]

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A South African Land Grab?

Via The Wall Street Journal, commentary  on South Africa’s land expropriation-without-compensation plan: Global economic jitters make this an especially bad time for developing economies to embark on bad policy experiments, yet that’s what South Africa did this month in advancing a sweeping plan to expropriate private land. The only saving grace is that voters will have […]

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China’s Hunger For Soybeans

Via Fast Company, an interesting report on how China’s desperate efforts to source soybeans from all over the world is explained by the country’s fear of running out of water: China approached Peru and Brazil with an extraordinarily ambitious proposition several years ago. It would build a 3,000-mile railroad from the western coast of Peru […]

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Middle Eastern Investment in Africa: A Means to Improve Gulf Food Security?

Courtesy of Future Directions International, a look at Middle Eastern Investment in Africa’s agricultural sector: Tariffs and other trade barriers between African countries are expected to fall if the African Continental Free Trade Area is established. Africa will require increased investment in infrastructure, if it is to obtain the greatest benefit from the changes to […]

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High Land Prices Drive the Migration of Indian Farmers to Georgia and Ukraine

Via Future Directions International, a report on how Indian farmers are looking overseas to expand their farming operations: Background Farmers from the Indian province of Punjab are increasingly looking overseas to expand their farming operations. Punjab is commonly referred to as the breadbasket of India, due to the fertility of its soils, but in recent years […]

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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 and frontier investment markets at