China Leases Russian Land

Via XinhuaNet, a report that Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province has leased 426,667 hectares of land in Russia to grow crops.  As the article notes:

“…As China’s northernmost province, Heilongjiang shares a 3,038-kilometer-long border with Russia.

The province has cooperated with Russia in agriculture, including farming, breeding and agricultural-products processing, the commission’s statement said.

Mudanjiang, a border city in southern Heilongjiang, alone has 146,667 hectares of cropland in Russia, a 42 percent increase compared with the same time last year. The city also has 16 feed mills and two lipid-processing plants in Russia.

Heilongjiang is the largest commodity-grain production base in China. Its grain output totaled 43.5 billion kilograms last year.

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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