As the global food crisis worsens, solutions are growing in the Middle East

The global food crisis triggered by the fighting in Ukraine is affecting the Middle East in varying ways. Countries such as Lebanon and Yemen, which were experiencing economic instability and conflict before the war began, have been hit hardest. Egypt, which relies heavily on wheat and other grains from Ukraine and Russia, is struggling to manage the crisis and keep food supplies stable.

On the other hand, the Arab Gulf region and Israel have so far weathered this storm quite well. The food security approach of these countries holds the keys to solving global food challenges, which will only deepen after the Ukraine crisis is resolved.

The Middle East is notorious for the difficulty of growing food. That’s why food security has been a source of longstanding political discontent – and was one of the main causes of the Arab Spring protests of 2011. From lack of water supplies to harsh weather regimes, farming on a large scale is nearly impossible using traditional farming methods.

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