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Food Security in the Middle East$
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Zahra Babar and Suzi Mirgani

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199361786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199361786.001.0001

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Urban Agriculture and Food Security in the Middle Eastern Context

Urban Agriculture and Food Security in the Middle Eastern Context

A Case Study from Lebanon and Jordan

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(p.159) 7 Urban Agriculture and Food Security in the Middle Eastern Context
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Food Security in the Middle East
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Salwa Tohmé Tawk

Mounir Abi Said

Shadi Hamadeh

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199361786.003.0007

Due to its heavy reliance on food imports, the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) is considered to be one of the most food insecure regions in the world. Urban Agriculture (UA), a traditional practice in the MENA region, is an important source of income for many urban and peri-urban households. Studying the role of urban agriculture in the MENA region could provide a better understanding of its role in food security. The present study was conducted to investigate food security as related to peri-urban and urban agriculture in two peri-urban locations: Bebnine in Lebanon, where agriculture lacks support, and in Wadi el Seer in Jordan, where urban agriculture is being institutionalised. The findings indicate the prevalence of high food insecurity in both locations, demonstrating that producers are more food insecure than non-producers, and that food security is strongly associated with poverty and the number of household members.

Keywords:   Middle East, North Africa, food insecure, Urban Agriculture (UA), peri-urban, food security, Bebnine, Lebanon, Wadi el Seer, Jordan, poverty

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