Archive for January, 2022

China’s Ownership of U.S. Farmland

Via Dim Sums, commentary on China’s ownership of U.S. farmland: There was one new Chinese investment in U.S. farmland in 2020, according to the USDA’s latest report on foreign farmland holdings–not exactly a “land grab.” The USDA report said 194,179 acres of farmland held by “China” was valued at $1.86 billion at the end of December 2020. […]

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A Russia-Ukraine War Could Ripple Across Africa and Asia

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, an article on how food price spikes and revolutions could emerge if Ukrainian grain deliveries are disrupted: With some of the most fertile land on Earth, Ukraine has been known as Europe’s breadbasket for centuries. Its fast-growing agricultural exports—grains, vegetable oils, and a host of other products—are crucial to feeding populations from […]

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Firm Grabs Slice Of Local Banana Pie With Titanic $51M Venture

Via Phnom Penh Post, an article on firms purchasing Cambodian agricultural land: Longfruiter Anlong Veng Oddor Meanchey Agriculture Park Co Ltd has invested $51 million in the cultivation of bananas and fruits in Anlong Veng district, Oddar Meanchey province to boost exports, especially to the Chinese market, according to Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries […]

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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