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Spring 2010-2011
NES 470 / ENV 470 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Food Security in the Middle East

Eckart Woertz

The Middle East is the world's largest oil exporter but also has its highest food import dependency and water scarcity per capita. This is a strategic concern for Middle East policy makers, influencing decisions. The course analyzes how Middle East food security is affected by various factors such as tighter global food markets, a decline in domestic agriculture and population growth. It looks at the historic development of agricultural relations and their importance in development planning. Special attention is given to the 2008 world food crisis and international agro-investments of Arab Gulf countries to safeguard their food security.

Sample reading list:
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Food Security and Economic Development in the Middle East
OECD-FAO, Agricultural Outlook 2009-2018, Paris 2009
Richards, Alan, and John Waterbury, A Political Economy of the Middle East
Löfgren, Hans (ed.), Food, Agriculture, and Economic Policy
World Bank, Rising Global Interest in Farmland
Weis, Anthony, The Global Food Economy
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
About 150 pages of reading per week Students will write a weekly one-page response paper about assigned readings. The final paper will be 15-20 pages.

Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43711 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Frist Campus Center   209   Enrolled:2 Limit:20