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Crisis and conflict in agriculture.

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This volume sets out to explore the dialectic relating agriculture, crisis and conflict, and attempts to expand the knowledge on these interactions. Part 1 of the volume (chapters 1-6) discusses thematic issues and methodological approaches to understanding the intersection of agriculture, crisis and conflict. Part 2 (chapters 7-20) provides case studies that take a detailed approach to understand...

Chapter 10 (Page no: 131)

Yemen's agricultural world: crisis and prospects.

This chapter first describes Yemen's pre-1970 agricultural system, before the oil age's regional and global dynamics reworked the country's political ecology. Next, it explains remittances' role in restructuring Yemen, especially its agricultural sector. It then offers a quantitative and qualitative-historical account of Yemen's rising food import dependency. The chapter traces how remittances levered Yemen into an irrigation system that uses motors to withdraw water from aquifers, and shows how higher wages and the qat economy lubricated this shift. It highlights how diesel subsidies have become a catalyst for the degradation of traditional irrigation, a mechanism of rural social differentiation, and a means for society-wide differentiation and the denial of development. The chapter concludes by discussing additional exacerbating factors, including ongoing external aggression, and comments on policies to cease and eventually reverse the social and ecological de-development of Yemen's agricultural system, and the country itself.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) Agriculture, conflict and the agrarian question in the 21st century. Author(s): Bahn, R. Zurayk, R.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 28) Geopolitics, food and agriculture. Author(s): Woertz, E.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 40) Climate change and conflict: agriculture, migration and institutions. Author(s): Smidt, M. Theisen, O. M.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 53) Water, agriculture and conflict: global, national and local analysis of conflict in MENA, sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. Author(s): Keulertz, M.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 64) Illegal drug plant cultivation and armed conflicts: case studies from Asia and Northern Africa. Author(s): Chouvy, P. A.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 73) Remote sensing and GIS-based technologies for assessing the impact of conflict on agricultural production. Author(s): Jaafar, H.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 91) The 'Arab spring' in North Africa: Egypt and Tunisia. Author(s): Bush, R.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 105) Degraded capital formation: the Achilles' heel of Syria's agriculture. Author(s): Matar, L.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 118) Crisis and agricultural change in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 1980s-2010s: an interdisciplinary approach. Author(s): Eklund, L. Lange, K.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 144) Farming for freedom: the shackled palestinian agricultural sector. Author(s): Tartir, A.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 157) Games without frontiers: development, crisis and conflict in the African agro-pastoral belt. Author(s): Nori, M. Baldaro, E.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 176) Border change and conflict in Central Asia: the case of agro-pastoral communities in cross-border areas of the Ferghana Valley. Author(s): Murzakulova, A. Mestre, I.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 190) Conflict and resistance in southern Punjab: a political ecology of the 2010 floods in Pakistan. Author(s): Ahmad, A. N.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 203) India: rural roots of naxalite-maoist insurgency. Author(s): Archana Prasad
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 214) Agrarian transition, adaptation and contained conflict in Cambodia and Vietnam since the 1990s. Author(s): Gironde, C.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 232) Beyond displacement by armed conflict: the relationship between environmental, economic and armed displacement in Colombia. Author(s): Castro Osorio, C. Culma, E.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 246) Prior consultation and the defence of indigenous lands in Latin America. Author(s): Torres Wong, M.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 261) The political mediation of indigenous land conflicts in Argentina. Author(s): Hau, M. vom
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 275) The role of land reform in rural development: promoting productivity or democracy? Author(s): Hoffman, M.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University, 240 Warren Hall, 137 Reservoir Road, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2018
  • ISBN
  • 9781786393647
  • Record Number
  • 20183269704