Issue Brief on “Food Security in MENA amidst the Russian-Ukraine Crisis”


From the richest to the poorest countries, rising food prices continue to be the cause of much destruction, especially in the aftermath of Covid-19. In the backdrop of increasing population and urbanization growth, food security has become one of the most serious challenges for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Since long, food has been used by the West as a weapon against the Arab world to further geopolitical goals. For instance, the grain embargo in 1980 against the Soviet Union had implications for the Middle Eastern countries in the forms of reduced availability of food aid and a rat race circling around international diplomacy and petrodollar recycling.

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