Archive for October, 2009

Private Sector/Investors: Driving The Global Farms Race

While Africa – Asia Confidential (subscription required) is reporting that South Korea is negotiating the acquisition of 100,000 hectares of farmland with the Tanzanian government (and trying to avoid a repeat of the crisis caused when Korean conglomerate Daewoo tried to secure 1.3 million ha. of land in Madagascar last year and helped precipitate a […]

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Black Earth’s Black Gold

Via Google News, a report on the activities of Swedish company Black Earth Farming (BEF) which – since 2006 – has bought 300,000 hectares (740,000 acres) of Russian farmland.  As the article notes: “…deep in the quiet, rolling landscapes of southwest Russia, it is not the seductive power of black gold that has brought foreign […]

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Corporate Agriculture In Pakistan

Courtesy of Desertification, an interesting summary of the politics of perceived agricultural “land grabs” in Pakistan.  As the report notes: “…One of the lingering effects of the food price crisis of 2007–08 on the world food system is the proliferating acquisition of farmland in developing countries by other countries seeking to ensure their food supplies. […]

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Emerging Politics of Food Scarcity And The Global Farms Race

Courtesy of The Earth Policy Institute, a further sobering look at the politics of food scarcity, water scarcity, and the ongoing global farms race.  As the report notes: “In early 2008, Saudi Arabia announced that, after being self-sufficient in wheat for over 20 years, the non-replenishable aquifer it had been pumping for irrigation was largely […]

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Analysis Of China’s Agricultural Investment In Africa

Via The Asia Times Online, a thoughtful analysis of China’s interest and investment into African agriculture in recent months.  The report argues that while China has invested immense sums in African agriculture, it appears that – at least thus far – the majority of these funds have not gone directly to securing land leases and […]

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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