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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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Indian Farmers Look To Ukraine For Profitable Harvest

Via Asia Times, an interesting article on how wealthy farmers from the Indian state of Punjab are looking for new opportunities in Ukraine as the bread basket of India fails to fulfill their needs: India’s much-lamented brain drain is no longer restricted to the fields of science and technology. Rich farmers from the bread basket of India, […]

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Dwindling Farmland Sparks a Deadly Conflict in Nigeria

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, a look at how the combination of increasingly dried out pasture land, banditry in the northwest and the threat of Boko Haram in the northeast has pushed many of Nigeria’s cattle herders south, where conflicts with farming communities have risen: Bridget Ambua was gathering for Mass with residents of […]

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China’s Field(s) of Dreams

Via Future Directions International, an interesting look at Chinese overseas agricultural investment and Beijing’s dream of a new economic world order: There is a link between China’s plans to return to a position of global centrality and its food security. Beijing’s food security strategy has shifted toward overseas investments. This involves moving on from “greenfield investments”, […]

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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 www.waterpolitics.com and frontier investment markets at www.wildcatsandblacksheep.com.