Archive for March, 2016

Saudi Land Purchases Fuel Debate Over U.S. Water Rights

Via the Associated Press, a report on how Saudi land purchases are fueling debate over US water rights: Saudi Arabia’s largest dairy company will soon be unable to farm alfalfa in its own parched country to feed its 170,000 cows. So it’s turning to an unlikely place to grow the water-chugging crop — the drought-stricken American […]

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The Great Land Rush: China’s Pengxin Hits Overseas Hurdles

Via The Financial Times, a report on Pengxin’s, a little-known Shanghai real estate developer that owns Theland, bid to become the world’s largest private landowner if Australia’s authorities clear its most ambitious bid yet: The marketing of “Theland” milk powder says it all — cows graze on emerald grass below white clouds shaped like New Zealand. “A […]

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Debate Over Big Land Data

Via The Financial Times, a look at accuracy of information on global land deals: How much land has been acquired for investment and agriculture over the past decade? The truth is nobody really knows. Non-government organisations, media and academic publications have been assessing so-called land deals – where outsiders acquire huge tracts of land for commercial use […]

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The Great Land Rush: Investors Face Conflict In Quest For Farms

Via The Financial Times, a look at how global market forces are coming into conflict with local populations as the commercial value of land increases: The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is about as Canadian as an institution can be — except on the Saskatchewan prairie, where it has in effect been labelled an outsider. […]

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The Great Land Rush: Ethiopia – The Billionaire’s Farm

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a look at how – across the globe – investors are betting billions on land, with a focus on Ethiopia, where a tycoon has planted a vast rice farm in soils tainted by years of conflict: As an orchestra of mosquitoes and crickets greeted the dusk, Bedlu Abera looked out over […]

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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