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Oil for FoodThe Global Food Crisis and the Middle East$
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Eckart Woertz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659487

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659487.001.0001

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The Gulf Food Security Predicament

The Gulf Food Security Predicament

(p.8) (p.9) 1 The Gulf Food Security Predicament
Oil for Food

Eckart Woertz

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 shows how the Gulf countries have been affected by the global food crisis of 2008 and how they have reacted to it. Basic challenges of Gulf food security are outlined such as population growth, lack of water, economic diversification, and vulnerability of poor migrant workers. The role of subsidies and price controls in the ruling bargain of the region’s rentier states is highlighted. Causes and consequences of the global food crisis are given. After a discussion of major factors like productivity development, biofuels, or dietary change, the chapter posits that there is reasonable indication for a paradigm shift towards higher food prices. It is then shown how the Gulf countries currently operate in global food trade and what items they import from which countries of origin.

Keywords:   food security, Gulf countries, global food crisis 2008, food trade, food subsidies, Rentier state

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