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An Economic Analysis of National Food Sovereignty Policies in the Middle East: The Case of Lebanon and Jordan

Harrigan, Jane (2014) 'An Economic Analysis of National Food Sovereignty Policies in the Middle East: The Case of Lebanon and Jordan.' In: Babar, Z. and Mirgani, S., (eds.), Food Security in the Middle East. Oxford: Hurst and Oxford University Press.

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Abstract

This chapter analyses food security policies in Lebanon and Jordan in the wake of the 2007/08 global food crisis. It shows how the crisis prompted a move towards food sovereignty whereby MENA states become concerned with power and control over their access to food. This has prompted renewed emphasis on domestic food production. We use two neoclassical tools to analyse the economic efficiency of this food production, namely, Revealed Comparative Advantage and the Policy Analysis Matrix and find that cereal production is inefficient. The work highlights the tensions between the non-economic aspects of food sovereignty concerns and the narrow concept of economic efficiency.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Food security, macro food sovereignty, revealed comparative advantage, policy analysis matrix, Lebanon agriculture, Jordan agriculture.
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Jane Harrigan
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 15:33
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/17125

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