Agricultural Policies and Social Justice in MENA

Agriculture and exportation of agricultural produce constitutes an important aspect for many countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Agricultural exports mainly focus on so-called “cash-crops”, high value products which consume a large amount of water during production, even though the entire region suffers from water scarcity. Remarkably, at the same time, almost all countries of the region depend on imports of staple foods for their domestic consumption. This mismatch has severe consequences for the region’s food security and food sovereignty. Small-scale farmers are often neglected, and their interests sidelined. With more and more food subsides slashed in the light of budget austerity, the price fluctuations of imported staple foods have great impact on social justice.

Additionally, work in the agricultural sector is often dominated by female work and by the absence of and social safety nets, which connects the issue of agriculture necessarily with a discussion of social justice in the region. 

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27.12.2022 | Economic Policies for Social Justice | Events

Social protection is one of the most fundamental human rights, as it contributes to the redistribution of wealth and aims to reduce inequalities.

 


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30.09.2022 | Economic Policies for Social Justice | Events

In the Arab countries, social protection systems have experienced a decline, after the implementation of programs and agreements with the…


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20.06.2022 | Economic Policies for Social Justice | Events

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The reforms of Jordan's economy demanded by the IMF have seen the selling off of government assets and spending on social protections for the poor and…


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Fiscal reforms implemented 10 years ago were the main cause of the downturn in Jordan’s economy, and similar policies are still being implemented,…


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Economic policies should strive for social justice and to engage the younger generation in the development process, experts and policy makers said on…


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