September 13, 2008
MENA & World Food Crisis, A topic to consider?
The "global food crisis" (or perhaps, food commodity price shock, crisis being a bit anticipatory), should be fairly well known to all, although this FT background (index page) is very useful, and of course stories like on the wealthier MENA countries, that is of course the Gulf, buying up land elsewhere to assure food prod have prompted bleating about Neo Colonialism and related inanities.
The item here for an open thread is pondering how Aqoul might ponder..... As I am openly bored of the usual topics, what is to say, has been said in gross modo, barring new developments, while certain interesting things I can't touch as it begins to impinge on actual real interests, as it were.
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IIRC, I wrote about how Saudi Arabia should invest in Sudan's agriculture, and maintain political - preferably military even - tools to mitigate any risk that would seriously jeopardize food supplies. Which shouldn't be very difficult to implement in Africa provided some political literacy.
As for those who have any influence and complain about neo-colonialism, it's just a matter of aligning their personal interests (give them tips?) to enlighten them. If it can't be done, help them discreetly leave the stage.