Archive for November, 2014

Why Wall Street Investors And Chinese Firms Are Buying Farmland All Over The World

Via Vox, an interesting report on how Wall Street traders, Chinese state corporations, Gulf sheiks have been buying up farmland abroad: As the world’s population soars past 7 billion, farmland and freshwater are becoming increasingly valuable resources. And, in response, a growing number of companies and investors — Wall Street traders, Chinese state corporations, Gulf sheiks […]

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Kuwaiti Investors Threaten Egypt With Lawsuit Over Land

Via Egypt’s Daily News, a report on a dispute between Kuwaiti investors who own farmland in Egypt and Egyptian authorities: Kuwaiti investors who own 26,000 acres of land in Ayat, Giza, intend to prosecute Egypt in international courts. In comments to Daily News Egypt, Hany Sarie-Eldin, head of Sarie-Eldin and Partners Legal Advisors, said the […]

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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