Archive for May, 2011

The Hungry Dragon: Brazil Nervous About Chinese Take-Out

Via The New York Times, an interesting article on Brazil’s unease with China’s recent interest in its farmland.  As the report notes: “When the Chinese came looking for more soybeans here last year, they inquired about buying land — lots of it. Officials in this farming area would not sell the hundreds of thousands of […]

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African Land Grabs May Lead To Water Conflicts

Via New Scientist, a report on how African land “grabs” may lead to future water conflicts: IS THIS the face of future water conflicts? China, India and Saudi Arabia have lately leased vast tracts of land in sub-Saharan Africa at knockdown prices. Their primary aim is to grow food abroad using the water that African […]

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Why Reports of Bangladesh Farming Mega Deals In Africa Sound Strange

An interesting commentary on reports that Uganda is ready to lease 60,000 hectares of farmland to Bangladeshi firms looking to grow food in Africa as part of government efforts to ensure food security for its growing population: One of the most intensely discussed international economic phenomena in recent years is that of companies from across […]

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Land Grab Or Development?

Via African Agriculture, a thoughtful essay on whether the push by multinational corporations and foreign governments in recent years to obtain fertile land in countries such as Ethiopia, Madagascar and Tanzania will lead to development or is simply a “land grab” that further threatens the continent’s food security.  As the article notes: “…There has been […]

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Food Inflation, Land Grabs Spur Latin America To Restrict Foreign Ownership

Via The Christian Science Monitor, an interesting article on how food inflation and land grabs are spurring Latin America to restrict foreign land ownership: One of the first things passengers see when disembarking at Cuiaba airport in central Brazil is a real estate advertisement promoting arable land to foreigners. South America has some of the […]

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Global Land Deals

Via The Economist, an article examining the surge in global land deals: THE farmers of Makeni, in central Sierra Leone, signed the contract with their thumbs. In exchange for promises of 2,000 jobs, and reassurances that the bolis (swamps where rice is grown) would not be drained, they approved a deal granting a Swiss company […]

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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