Conference, September 16 - 18 American University of Beirut
by Thimar

Date: 2016-11-17

by Foy, Roman-Oliver & Keilo, Jack


This article in French explores the relationship of state power and irrigation projects on the Euphrates in Syria through a reading of the political economic history of this specific region and including post uprising protests. Although mass protests swept across most of Syria since March 2011, the Euphrates Project lands, a set of large-scale hydro-agricultural developments, remained relatively peaceful with only a small number of registered protests against the Syrian Regime. The purpose of this article is two-fold: first it points to the difference observed between this region and others via a reading of demonstration patterns in Syria; and secondly it explores the political and economic history of this region in order to hypothesize on power relations between the central Baathist state and inhabitants of the project areas.

Date: 2016-07-14

Study on the Working Conditions of Women in Rural Areas
by l’Association Tunisienne des Femmes Démocrates & Observatoire Asma Fanni pour l’égalité des chances et la citoyenneté des femmes en Tunisie


The general objective of this study in French from 2014 is to assess the level of discrimination that women are subjected to in order to organise advocacy for better working conditions of women in rural areas in Tunisia and to oppose the discrimination against the women working in agriculture.


L’objectif général de cette enquête de 2014 vise à déterminer les niveaux de discrimination dont sont victimes les femmes en vue d’organiser des actions de plaidoyer pour garantir de meilleures conditions de travail des femmes en milieu rural et pour lutter contre les discriminations dont elles sont victimes.

Date: 2016-06-16

From July 1 - October 10, 2015
by Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Republic of Yemen

This report by the Yemeni Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation provides a preliminary assessment of the damages to the agriculture sector caused by the ongoing Saudi-US aggression. Doing so it gives a harrowing view of the scale of the destruction visited upon the country: 

"The systematic and ongoing Saudi-USA  war launched against Yemen since March 26, 2015 under the pretence of re-establishing legitimacy was no more than a war against the Yemeni citizens and their sources of living in an attempt to subject and humiliate them. A stark example of their implicit intentions is their targeting of the agricultural sector with the most deadly weapons to both human beings and the environment. The air-bombardment of grain and vegetable markets, export centres, poultry farms, plant nurseries, grain silos, refrigerating facilities, seed- and seedling-distributing centres, agricultural accessories factories, roads, and greenhouses is a violation of regional and UN conventions, of neighbourly relations, of the ties of blood and history, and the teachings of Islam."

Date: 2016-02-10

FAFS Seminar, October 29, American University of Beirut
by Martha Mundy, Rami Zurayk, Saker el Nour, Cynthia Gharios

Date: 2016-02-05

Latest news
We updated the documentation of the Yemen food and agriculture crisis page. Including the statement Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien Statement to the Security Council on Yemen as well as the newest FAO reports .
We are happy to announce that Ray Bush's "Poverty and Neoliberalsm" has recently been published in Arabic.
One article about Sinay, a village in South Lebanon, and its history of contested property rights. The other about the role of property rights related political contestation in the Tunisian uprising/revolution on the example of Sidi Bouzid.
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