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. 

Events

04.09.2020 | Economic Policies for Social Justice | Events

Online Debate Series - Until debt tear us apart? #10Y_ArabSpring

In this online debate series, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the German Development Institute invite experts to discuss how international…


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15.10.2019 | Economic Policies for Social Justice | Events

Housing, land and properties rights: How does it impact conflicts

Ensuring social housing is a complex but critical part of addressing the impact of conflict on civilians, according to new FES study.


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05.03.2019 | Economic Policies for Social Justice | Events

OSAE – FES Summer School in Rural and Agricultural Studies, July 3 - 9 2019, in Tunis, Tunisia

Call for Applications from activists, independent researchers, Masters, and doctoral students: In collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES),…


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17.07.2018 | Economic Policies for Social Justice | Events

Call for Abstracts: Land and property rights in the Middle East’s contemporary conflicts

FES Research Project, September 2018 to March 2019


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Press

31.10.2019 | Economic Policies for Social Justice | Press

Syria’s reconstruction must take a wider view of housing, land and property rights

The Syrian efforts at reconstruction must be careful to avoid perpetuating the inequities that contributed to the conflict in the first place. A key…


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| Economic Policies for Social Justice | Press

Fiscal reforms caused economic downturn, economists argue

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


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Experts say social justice should drive economic policies

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


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