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Universiteit Leiden (2022)

Saudi Arabia’s land grabs : self-sufficiency by proxy or failed strategy ? An assessment of the initative for Saudi Agricultural Investments Abroad

Lee, Loïs van der

Titre : Saudi Arabia’s land grabs : self-sufficiency by proxy or failed strategy ? An assessment of the initative for Saudi Agricultural Investments Abroad

Auteur : Lee, Loïs van der

Université de soutenance : Universiteit Leiden

Grade : Middle Eastern Studies Master’s Thesis 2022

Résumé
The world food crisis of 2007–2008 reaffirmed the volatility of international commodity markets and led many countries questioning their reliance on food imports. In a quest for new strategies to ensure food supplies in the future, many richer countries resorted to the large-scale acquisition of foreign land, often referred to as land grabs, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In this thesis, I examine the Saudi Agricultural Investments Abroad initiative and attempt to identify what role this initiative plays within the Kingdom’s larger food security policy. Moreover, against the backdrop of the global climate crisis and the importance of moving towards a sustainable global food system, this thesis examines the sustainability of this strategy in the long term. The research question formulated for this is : What role do Saudi Arabia’s large-scale land investments abroad play in their food security strategy and how sustainable is this strategy ? Building on an alternative definition of food security that adopts a food systems approach, this thesis proposes that the use of large-scale land investments as a food security strategy does not fit the sustainable path that is so needed

Mots clés : land acquisitions, agro-investments, food security, food systems, Saudi Agricultural Investments Abroad

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