Global South Acquired By Investors

Two interesting graphics, one new and one old.  First, the old, via the Christian Science Monitor:

 Then, the new, via Peter Giovanni:

Land grabbing: what is it?

Land grabbing is a term that describes the acquisition of farmland by companies, governments and individuals. In the last years the term has been used to refer to the large-scale acquisition of farmland by foreign investors, a trend that has increased since the 2007-2008 world food price crisis, which prompted a renewed interest in foreign lands as a means to achieve food security and as a financial investment. The governments, agribusinesses and investors that have bought or leased these lands are using them for the cultivation of food crops that are then exported and for the production of cash crops and biofuels.

It has been argued that land-grabbing displaces local communities and small-farmers to replace them with large scale agriculture and that this will ultimately increase, instead of diminishing, food insecurity in the ‘global south’, deteriorate the environment and cause livelihood and biodiversity loss (Source).

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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