Archive for June, 2015

Food Security: A Hostage To Wall Street?

Via CounterPunch, commentary on what the author views as imperialism and the control of agriculture: In October of last year, World Food Day celebrated ‘Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth’. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s website, the family farming theme was chosen to raise the profile of family farming […]

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Russia: Outcry Over Land Lease To China

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on a controversial lease of Russian land to Chinese investors: Plans to hand a stretch of remote Siberian territory to Chinese investors have triggered a storm of protest in Russia, underlining how a relationship hailed by the leaders of both countries is being undermined by deep-rooted distrust. The government of […]

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Vulnerability Of Global Food Systems

Via Blue and Green Tomorrow, commentary on a recent report looking at the susceptibility of global food systems to acute disruption and systemic shocks could lead to food price rises, food riots and changes in stock market values: The global food system is increasingly vulnerable to acute disruptions that have the potential to cause widespread […]

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An Agricultural Revolution In Sudan By Amtaar Investment

Via The World Folio, a look at Amtaar Investment’s efforts to create a sustainable agro-business in Sudan: Through innovative agricultural measures, Amtaar Investment looks to create a sustainable agro-business in Sudan and tackle food security issues in the Arab world As a joint venture between the UAE based Jenaan Investment and the Republic of the Sudan, […]

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Sudan: A Food Basket Of The Arab World

Via The World Folio, an interesting look at the Sudanese agricultural sector: With massive areas of arable land and over 130 million heads of livestock, Sudan is receiving huge investments in its agriculture sector from Gulf states looking to address the food security problem Sudan is constantly aiming to use and develop advanced agricultural technologies […]

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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