Archive for September, 2011

The Hungry Dragon Gets A Chilly Reception In Iceland

Via China Dialogue, another look at the suspicious response to Huang Nubo’s bid to buy a chunk of Iceland’s wilderness and how it may reflect the dilemma Beijing’s expansive growth strategy poses with indebted western nations. As the article notes: “…Winds sweep across a highland plateau featuring little but coarse grass and volcanic rock. Dirty […]

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Investor Appetite For Land

Via MarketWatch, a report on continued investor interest in farmland: With food prices relatively strong even during recent market turmoil, investors remain keen for exposure to agriculture. One popular theme: investing in land. Bringing more land under cultivation is crucial to meeting global food demand, as crop yields stagnate. From 1990 to 2007, farmers squeezed […]

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Africa For Sale?

Via International Rivers, a report on the impact that land and water “grabs” may have upon people in Africa: “…The Horn of Africa has been in the headlines for months now as famine and starvation spread across the drought-ravaged region. Yet this troubled province is simultaneously seeing a dramatic transfer of arable lands to foreign […]

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Agrifirma Looks Abroad

Via Agrimoney, a report that Agrifirma Brazil, the well-connected farmland investment company, is investigating opportunities outside South America after placing most of its Brazilian agriculture operations into a joint venture with private equity heavyweight.  As the article notes: “…Agrifirma – whose backers include Lord Rothschild, which is advised by commodities investor Jim Rogers and has […]

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Is South Sudan’s Largest Land Deal a Land Grab?

Via Think Africa Press, a new study alleges that a land deal threatens local people in Central Equatoria, South Sudan: 50 million hectares of land, an area twice the size of the UK, have been acquired by foreign companies or governments in Africa over the last few years. From Brazil to China to Saudi Arabia, […]

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North Korea to rent farm land in Russia’s Far East

Via Ria Novosti, an interesting report that North Korea is planning to rent farm land in Russia’s Far East: A delegation from North Korea, which is facing severe food shortages, has held talks with authorities of the Amur region in Russia’s Far East on leasing land to grow vegetables and grain, a regional official said […]

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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