Archive for December, 2022

Growing Conflict Over Ocean Fisheries

Via World Politics Review, commentary on the growing threat of conflict over ocean fisheries: Last month, a U.S. Coast Guard patrol vessel off the coast of Ecuador was forced to take evasive action when a Chinese fishing boat tried to ram it to avoid being boarded and inspected. The incident highlights the growing risk for conflict over fishing […]

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Mauritania and African Agriculture Agreement for Commercial Farming In Senegal-Mauritania River Valley

Via PR Newswire, an announcement of a new agreement in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, between the communities of Boghé and African Agriculture for commercial farming development and phased investment of up to $500mm on expanse of Senegal-Mauritania River valley with potential of over 500,000 hectares of arable land: African Agriculture (AAGR), a Delaware domiciled […]

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Nuts For Growth: Global Ag Giant Buys Aussie Orchard

Via, a report on how a $15b agriculture giant snapped up a $71m Australian macadamia orchard: Global agricultural investor Nuveen Natural Capital has joined a growing pool of institutional fund managers targeting Australia’s burgeoning macadamia sector, after buying one of the country’s largest orchards near Bundaberg for more than $70 million.   Macadamia Enterprises, […]

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Food Security Is National Security

Via Eco Business, commentary on link between food security and national security: Despite containing 60 per cent of the world’s uncultivated arable land, Africa has been a net food importer for decades. According to the most recent estimates, food imports are the biggest budget item for many countries across the continent. Amid surging food prices and an […]

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Russian Oligarch Seizes 400,000 Acres of Ukrainian Farmland

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, an article on how the family company of a Putin ally and former Russian agriculture minister has become one of the biggest farm operators in Ukraine: Soon after Russian tanks rolled into eastern Ukraine, three of that country’s biggest farming operators lost tracts of land equivalent to more than […]

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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