Archive for December, 2023

UAE Plans to Invest US$30M for Rice Production in Angola

Via Angop, a report on a UAE plan to invest US$30M for rice production in Angola: A business group from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said they plan to invest roughly 30 million US dollars for rice and avocados production in Angola. The intention of the investors was expressed during a meeting Angola’s Minister […]

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The Looming Land Grab For Carbon Credits

Courtesy of The Financial Times, an article on how countries might soon be able to trade emission reductions with other governments, but experts warn the market is already being exploited in developing countries: One day in late October, leaders from more than a dozen towns across Liberia’s Gbi-Doru rainforest crammed into a whitewashed, tin-roofed church. […]

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U.S. States Crack Down on Foreign-Owned Farm Fields

Via Stateline, a look at how – as foreigners buy up American agricultural land – U.S. lawmakers want to keep certain countries out: Andy Gipson gets concerned even when American allies such as the Netherlands and Germany invest in large swaths of Mississippi’s farmland. “It just bothers me at a gut level,” he said. For Gipson, […]

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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