Poor economic opportunities and an unstable investment climate will, over the long term, deter Chinese entrepreneurs from using land in the Far East as a long-term investment.
Though subsidy cuts are costing many Egyptians, record foreign reserves could provide a safety net if food insecurity deepens.
Chiense air, water and soil pollution must improve as these have a direct impact on food and water security. Addressing pollution levels will not be easy and will be costly for China. Australia is in a position to be able to assist through closer agricultural co-operation and knowledge sharing.
An extended winter and limited storage infrastructure has delayed this season’s fruit and vegetable harvest causing prices and inflation to rise. This will have far reaching implications for former members of the middle-class now living on and under the poverty line.
Rebuilding Syria’s agricultural sector presents an opportunity to better prepare for difficult conditions in the decades ahead.
Qatar’s nascent dairy industry could lead to it increasing its foreign land holdings to better ensure the supply of fodder.
The Iraqi agricultural sector is severely damaged after years of conflict. Repairing it will help post-conflict reconstruction but, if the divisions within Iraqi society re-emerge, these efforts could be undermined.
India’s groundwater has reached a crisis point after years of unsustainable extraction and contamination. Addressing the problems requires demand and supply-side initiatives that recognise the role of the hydrogeological settings of the country’s aquifers.
The recent Israel-Palestine water agreement promises that water will be supplied to Gaza, however, mixed US, Israeli and Palestinian perspectives on both the agreement and regional peace prevents the agreement graduating from a humanitarian to a diplomatic settlement.
While conditions are far less concerning than during the 2008 and 2010-11 food price crises, an increase in the price of staple foods erodes food security for poorer populations and countries that rely on imports.