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Crisis and Conflict in Agriculture

Crisis and Conflict in Agriculture

Now Published!

Edited by R Zurayk, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, E Woertz, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), Spain, R Bahn, Coordinator of Food Security Program. American University of Beirut, Lebanon

September 2018 / Hardback / 316 Pages / 9781786393647 £95.00 / €125.00 / $160.00
With 10% online discount: £85.50 / €112.50 / $144.00
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Main Description

This book discusses the causes and effects of crisis and conflict within an agricultural and rural context. It explores issues such as competition over resources, and looks at how crisis and conflict impact upon developing country agriculture for both the physical and human agricultural landscape. It reviews crises stemming from politically-driven violence, natural disasters and climate change.

Exploring the relationship between agriculture and conflicts and crises before, during and after crisis periods, this book:
- Evaluates controversial issues such as land-grabs and the growing of illegal crops;
- Covers methodological approaches including GIS-based studies, ethnographic studies and the blending of methods;
- Includes numerous case studies on developing countries within Asia, Latin America, Middle East-North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Providing detailed knowledge about the interactions of agriculture, conflict and crisis, this book aims to inform future policymaking for reconstruction and to foster resilience in the agricultural sector. An important resource for researchers of agricultural economics, development studies, sustainable agriculture and food security, it is also an illuminating read for students of these disciplines and agricultural extension workers.


Suitable for academic libraries of institutions covering agricultural economics, Development Studies, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security and peace studies and academics and students (particularly masters students) at those institutions.

  • Part 1: Theoretical Exploration of and Methodological Approaches to Agriculture, Crisis and Conflict
    • 1: Agriculture, Conflict and the Agrarian Question in the 21st Century
    • 2: Geopolitics, Food and Agriculture
    • 3: Climate Change and Conflict: Agriculture, Migration and Institutions
    • 4: Water, Agriculture and Conflict: Global, National and Local Analysis of Conflict in MENA, sub-Saharan Africa and the United States
    • 5: Illegal Drug Plant Cultivation and Armed Conflicts: Case Studies from Asia and Northern Africa
    • 6: Remote Sensing and GIS-based Technologies for Assessing the Impact of Conflict on Agricultural Production
  • Part 2: Case Studies on Agriculture, Crisis and Conflict
    • 7: The ‘Arab Spring’ in North Africa: Egypt and Tunisia
    • 8: Degraded Capital Formation: the Achilles’ Heel of Syria’s Agriculture
    • 9: Crisis and Agricultural Change in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 1980s–2010s: an Interdisciplinary Approach
    • 10: Yemen’s Agricultural World: Crisis and Prospects
    • 11: Farming for Freedom: the Shackled Palestinian Agricultural Sector
    • 12: Games without Frontiers: Development, Crisis and Conflict in the African Agro-Pastoral Belt
    • 13: Border Change and Conflict in Central Asia: the Case of Agro-Pastoral Communities in Cross-Border Areas of the Ferghana Valley
    • 14: Conflict and Resistance in Southern Punjab: a Political Ecology of the 2010 Floods in Pakistan
    • 15: India: Rural Roots of Naxalite–Maoist Insurgency
    • 16: Agrarian Transition, Adaptation and Contained Conflict in Cambodia and Vietnam since the 1990s
    • 17: Beyond Displacement by Armed Conflict: the Relationship Between Environmental, Economic and Armed Displacement in Colombia
    • 18: Prior Consultation and the Defence of Indigenous Lands in Latin America
    • 19: The Political Mediation of Indigenous Land Conflicts in Argentina
    • 20: The Role of Land Reform in Rural Development: Promoting Productivity or Democracy?

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Bahn Rachel Bahn is the coordinator of the Food Security Program and an instructor of agribusiness at the American University of Beirut. Previously she was based in Washington, DC where she served as an economist with the United States Department of Treasury and the United States Agency for International Development. She holds degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Woertz Eckart Woertz is a senior research fellow at CIDOB, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs and scientific advisor to the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po in Paris. Formerly he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, director of economic studies at the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in Dubai and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates. He is author of Oil for Food (Oxford University Press 2013), co-editor of The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Middle East and North Africa (Routledge 2016) and has published numerous journal articles on development issues in the Middle East. He holds a PhD in economics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Zurayk Dr. Rami Zurayk is professor and chairperson of the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut, where he has been on the faculty since 1991. He is on the High Level Panel of Experts for Food Security, a select panel of academics informing global strategic research on the topic of food and nutrition security; and as a member of the Conflicts and Protracted Crisis Working Group of the Civil Society Mechanism of the Committee on Food Security.