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Oil for food : the global food crisis and the Middle East

Author: Eckart Woertz
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
In the wake of the global food crisis of 2008 Middle Eastern oil producers announced multi-billion investments to secure food supplies from abroad. Often called land grabs, such investments are at the heart of the global food security challenge and put the Middle East in the spotlight of simultaneous global crises in the fields of food, finance, and energy. Water scarcity here is most pronounced, import dependence  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eckart Woertz
ISBN: 9780199659487 0199659486 9780198729396 0198729391
OCLC Number: 824180071
Description: xxiii, 319 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The Gulf food security predicament --
pt. I. Gulf food security : history, political economy, and geopolitics. Ethiopian wheat and American tires : Gulf food security and World War II --
Rise and fall of the blooming desert : the self-sufficiency illusion --
The food weapon : geopolitics in the Middle East --
pt. II. Gulf food security and international agro-investments. The global land grab phenomenon --
The Sudan bread-basket dream --
Return to the future : current Gulf agro-investments --
Explaining the implementation gap : money, water, and politics --
Oil-for-food policies?
Responsibility: Eckart Woertz.


Oil for Food draws on extensive sources and interviews to tell the story of how Arab Gulf countries reacted to the 2008 global food crisis. It argues against the hype created around so called land  Read more...
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This is a remarkably important book, analyzing one of the most critical issues facing the Persian Gulf Sheikhdoms. Woertz is thorough, detailed, and balanced in his treatment of the problem of food Read more...

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