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Oil for Food: The Global Food Crisis and the Middle East

Eckart Woertz


In the wake of the global food crisis of 2008 Middle Eastern oil producers have 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 growing and the links between oil and food are manifold ranging from the economics of biofuels to climate change and the provision of crucial input factors like fuels and fertil ... More

Keywords: food security, agriculture, energy, water and hydropolitics, Middle East, Gulf countries, Sudan, geopolitics, international relations, international political economy, JEL keywords: N55, N45, N75, N35, F51–55 and F59, Q 17–18

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199659487
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659487.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eckart Woertz, author
Senior Research Fellow Associate at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)