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Sucked Dry: Water and Land Grabs In Africa’s Nile River Basin

Via the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a look at how huge swaths of land acquired by foreign investors in Africa’s Nile River Basin export profits and displace communities: Alice Nyamihanda was only a toddler beginning to walk and talk when she was forced away from her home. At just three years old, the child […]

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Chinese Overseas Agricultural Investment: Beijing’s ‘Field of Dreams’

Via Future Directions International, interesting commentary on 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”, or […]

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Global Guacamole: Harvard Management Company Invests in Avocados, Sells Other Natural Resource Assets

Via The Crimson, interesting commentary on investments being made in avocados and retrenchment of investments in water-scarce Australia: The Harvard Management Company adjusted its natural resource portfolio this week by purchasing a minority stake in produce company Westfalia Fruit International and selling its investments in two Australian farms. HMC — the University’s investment arm — […]

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Cellular Agriculture: May Soon Destroy Farming and Save The Planet

Via The Guardian, interesting commentary on how scientists’ efforts to replace replacing crops and livestock with food made from microbes and water may save humanity’s bacon: It sounds like a miracle, but no great technological leaps were required. In a commercial lab on the outskirts of Helsinki, I watched scientists turn water into food. Through […]

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Parched Countries Tap the Nile River Through Farms

Via The Wall Street Journal, a detailed look at how oil-rich Gulf states grow crops in Egypt and Sudan to export, leaving locals increasingly dependent on imports: At the end of the world’s longest river, Ahmad Muhammad has run out of fresh water. For generations, water from the Nile irrigated wheat, rice, corn and eggplants that Mr. […]

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For Gujarat farmers, Africa Is Calling

Via the Ahmedabad Mirror, a report on Indian farmers exploring Africa’s agricultural potential: Abundance of fertile land, cheap labour and availability of water are driving farmers from Gujarat to explore Africa, which has 60 per cent of world’s agriculture land, most of the unexplored. While some farmers have already achieved great success in their ventures, efforts are […]

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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.