Book presentation "Oil for Food. The Global Food Crisis and the Middle East"
by Eckart Woertz
17:30 - 19:30, OCP Policy Center, Rabat, Morocco
In the wake of the global food crisis of 2008 Middle Eastern oil producers announced multi-billion investments to secure food supplies from abroad. Often called land grabs, such investments are at the heart of the global food security challenge and put the Middle East in the spotlight of simultaneous global crises in the fields of food, finance, and energy.
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Eckart Woertz is a senior research fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). Formerly he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, director of economic studies at the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in Dubai and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates. He teaches at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) and has been KSP visiting professor at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at SciencesPo.
He is author of Oil for Food. The Global Food Crisis and the Middle East (Oxford University Press 2013) and editor of GCC Financial Markets: The World’s New Money Centers (Berlin: Gerlach Press 2012). Articles of him have been published in Globalizations, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, The Handbook of Oil Politics and other edited volumes. He has been a commentator to international media outlets like BBC and Al Arabiya and has contributed to various policy papers.
He has consulted international and regional organizations such as UNCTAD, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning. His research interests include food security, energy issues, economic diversification, sovereign wealth funds, and the impact of the global financial crisis on the GCC countries.
He holds a PhD in Economics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he conducted research about structural adjustment politics in Egypt. He can be followed on Twitter @eckartwoertz and at www.oilforfood.info