Agricultural Policies and Social Justice in MENA

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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

Social (In)Justice in the MENA Region: Debunking the Myth of Neoliberal Economic Policies

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Launching Publication Regional Conference

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Alternative Economy and employment

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North Africa’s Trade Arrangements: Complementarities and Contradictions with the CFTA

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Press

Fiscal reforms caused economic downturn, economists argue

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Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Department for Middle East and North Africa
FES Berlin
Hiroshimastraße 28
10785 Berlin

info.nahost(at)fes.de

About FES 

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has a network of eleven country offices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and implements projects in a total of 14 countries. Some offices, such as Egypt or Sudan, look back at a history of more than 40 years of cooperation.

Offices in the Region

Publications

Ansatzpunkte einer nationalen Beschäftigungsstrategie für Tunesien

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