Archive for January, 2013

Chinese Firms And Gulf Sheiks Are Snatching Up Farmland Worldwide. Why?

Courtesy of The Washington Post, an interesting article on the global farmland grab: The world’s population is soaring past 7 billion. Food prices keep spiking every few years. Freshwater supplies in plenty of areas are dwindling. A Sudanese farmer prepares his land for irrigation on the banks of the Nile River in Khartoum. (Mohamed Nureldin […]

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Liberia On Sale Now! Forests, Mines, Farmland!

Via My, a report on Liberia: Liberia is selling itself slice by slice nine years after a terrible civil conflict finally came to an end, offering valuable resources to the highest bidder even though that could kindle tension among a population that often feels it is being sold out. The chairman of the Liberia […]

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Africa: Top Target For Foreign Farmland Acquisition

Via How We Made It In Africa, an interesting article on foreign farmland acquisition in Africa: A key driver of foreign investment in land, food security is a challenge mankind has been confronted with in various times and places. Wherever human societies have developed, growing needs have led to increasing arable land. The key solution […]

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Mali’s Lush Wetlands Drained By Foreign Agribusiness

Via National Geographic, a look at how grabbing land – and water – from poor people, desperate governments, and future generations threatens global food security, environmental sustainability, and local cultures in Mali: The Niger River, shown at Bartaga village, waters a vast inland delta, but officials have plans to divert much of the flows Mayor […]

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A Parched Future: Global Land and Water Grabbing

Via 3Quarks Daily, a look at the convergence of land and water grabbing worldwide: Land grabbing refers to the large-scale acquisition of comparatively inexpensive agricultural land in foreign countries by foreign governments or corporations. In most cases, the acquired land is located in under-developed countries in Africa, Asia or South America, while the grabbers are […]

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From Land Grabs To Resource Wars?

Via The Futurist, an interesting article from Lester Brown: Growing demand for food and fuel has put pressure on the world’s agricultural lands to produce more. Now, a trend in “land grabbing” has emerged, as wealthy countries lease or buy farms and agribusiness in poorer countries to ensure their own future supplies. The result may […]

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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