Global Views of Local Food Systems: From Incidental to Essential: Urban Agriculture in the Middle East

  • Rami Zurayk American University of Beirut
Keywords: Column, Urban Agriculture, MIddle East, Land Tenure

Abstract

First paragraph:

There is a huge mall overflowing with high-ticket brands right opposite my house, in one of the busiest neighborhoods of Amman, the capital of Jordan. It sits exactly where, eight years ago, I helped an old farmer harvest his wheat field. But this is not an unusual event in Amman. Less than a mile away, in the posh neighborhood of Abdoun, there is a carefully tended field of cauliflowers opposite one of the European embassies. A couple of miles away, in the valley behind the U.S. Embassy, a flock of sheep grazes the barren steppe.

Author Biography

Rami Zurayk, American University of Beirut
Rami Zurayk is professor at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He studied at the American University of Beirut and at Oxford University, UK. His research addresses issues at the nexus of food, landscapes, and livelihoods. He is an active member of Lebanese civil society and a founder of Slow Food Beirut.
Rami Zurayk
Published
2010-12-20
How to Cite
Zurayk, R. (2010). Global Views of Local Food Systems: From Incidental to Essential: Urban Agriculture in the Middle East. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 1(2), 13-15. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2010.012.001

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