This Land Is Their Land….

Via TakePart, a detailed report on the trend – across the globe – of governments and investors from wealthy nations buying up foreign farmland to support domestic food security: In 2009, Madagascar’s ruling party struck a deal with Daewoo, a South Korean conglomerate, to lease half the island’s arable land. The foreign firm would get […]

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Mozambique, Africa Still in the Crosshairs

Courtesy of Food Tank, a look at foreign land acquisition activity in southern Africa: On October 12, the government of Mozambique quietly announced that it would close its Agriculture Promotion Centre (CEPAGRI), the agency created in 2006 to promote large-scale foreign investment in the country’s agricultural sector. In a terse statement, government spokesman Mouzinho Saide gave […]

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The Global Race To Own Fertile Land

Via SwissInfo, a look at the worldwide race to own fertile agricultural land: The worrying rise in foreign investors buying up land in poor countries is set to get worse in future, taking valuable resources from local populations. A report out later this month by a Bern database into ‘land grabbing’ should dig deeper into […]

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Foreign Farms Increase Risk of Conflict In Africa

Via EurekAlert, a look at the impact that foreign agricultural ownership can have upon stability & security: For the first time, researchers point to areas in Africa where foreign agricultural companies’ choice of crops and management of fresh water are partly responsible for the increased water shortages and greater competition for water. This in turn […]

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Africa’s Real Land Grab

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at the growing tendency for African urbanites to scoop up more land: AFTER half an hour poking around Martin Shem’s farm, Paul Kavishe is impressed, even a little jealous. “He has done well,” says Mr Kavishe. “He’s a real farmer!” This is strange praise, not because Mr Shem’s dairy, maize […]

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Turkey Eyes African Farmland

Via Al Monitor, a report on Turkey’s interest in African farmland: When Turkey’s husbandry sector plunged into its first big crisis four years ago, the country imported thousands of sheep from France. The imports covered the meat shortage on the Turkish market and reined in the prices, while contributing to French farmers’ prosperity. The agriculture minister at 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