Archive for December, 2011

India’s Role In The Global Farms Race

Via Counter Currents, an interesting report on how Indian companies are taking over agricultural land in African nations and exporting produced food.  As the article notes: Indian companies venturing abroad is always regarded as a healthy trend, an indicator of India’s new-found economic status. But little is known about how these companies are flexing their […]

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The Hungry Dragon: China Eyes South American Agribusiness

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on China’s increasingly aggressive program of international agribusiness acquisitions and investments.  As the article notes: What do Peruvian fishmeal, Chilean wine and Brazilian soy beans have in common? They’re all on China’s shopping list as the nation of 1.3bn people steps up its agribusiness acquisitions and investments overseas […]

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Argentina: Closing The Door On Foreign Landowners

Via The Financial Times, a report that Argentina’s congress has voted to cap an important source of capital for innovation: foreign land owners.  As the article notes: Emboldened by a sweeping electoral victory in October, President Cristina Fernández Kirchner quickly launched the ambitious Strategic Agrifood and Agrindustrial Plan (PEA) claiming that by 2020 Argentina will […]

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Indian Firms Look To Africa For Business Opportunities

Via the BBC, an interesting article on India’s increased interest in African agricultural land and other agricultural holdings: “My ambition is to develop these 300,000 hectares and go past to a million hectares,” says Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi pointing to a map of Africa in his office in Bangalore in southern India. Ambitious as its sounds, […]

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Africa’s Farmland In Demand: The Great Selloff Of Africa

Courtesy of The Toronto Star, a report on international investor interest in Africa’s agricultural lands.  As the article notes: Said Manga scans the red volcanic soil outside his mud-brick home and sees a patch of African plain bursting with life. The farmer watches plump chickens zigzag between nearby rows of maize, sorghum and wheat swaying […]

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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