Archive for April, 2009

Cambodia: Fertile Lands for Overseas Investment

Via The Economist, an interesting report on a dispute over Kuwait’s plans to invest in Cambodia’s agricultural sector.  This follows a similar investment made last year by Qatar.  As the article notes: IT SEEMED like the perfect match. Kuwait has a lot of money and needs to import food. Cambodia has a lot of fertile […]

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Less Soil. More Hunger. More Conflict

Via Scientific American, a stark report by Lester R. Brown on the concerns that food shortages & global farm wars could push the world into massive crisis.  The summary points follow; complete article is below. Food scarcity and the resulting higher food prices are pushing poor countries into chaos. Such “failed states” can export disease, […]

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China: The Hungry Dragon Looks Outward (2)

Via Stratfor (subscription required), an interesting report on China’s food security, namely its heavy investment in foreign food sources and high likelihood of continuing to do so in the future.  As the article notes: “…China has no intention of investing in African farmlands to secure its food supply, Chinese Deputy Agriculture Minister Niu Dun said […]

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China: The Hungry Dragon Looks Outward

As reported by Stratfor (subscription required), China added agricultural investments to its “go outward” strategy in 2008, under which domestic businesses are encouraged to venture into foreign markets. As global food prices continue soaring, food security has catapulted to the top of Beijing’s priority list alongside energy and other key resources.   As the article notes: […]

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Rent-A-Country: The End of Food Isolationism

Via Time, an interesting article on the growing phenomenon of countries seeking fertile land outside of their borders for food production.  As the article notes: “…Take a moment to consider breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Maybe you grabbed a banana or ate a bowl of granola. Whatever it was, chances are that […]

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2M Hectares of Indonesian Farm Land Allocated to Saudi Investors

Via Arabian Business, a report on a recent agreement under which Indonesia will allocate at least two million hectares (4.9m acres) of farm land to joint ventures with Saudi investors, to be used mainly for the cultivation of rice.  As the article notes: “…The move would turn Indonesia into the world’s top rice exporter in […]

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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