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.
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.
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.
Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s trip to Israel demonstrates India’s desire to expand the bilateral partnership beyond defence and into food and water security, as well as his commitment to India’s farming community.
High rainfall in parts of South Africa after two years of El Niño drought has put it on track to produce a record-high maize harvest. Its good fortune could boost exports and relieve the food shortages that have resulted from poor harvests in East Africa.