The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Middle East and North Africa: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Middle East and North Africa

1st Edition

Edited by Martin Keulertz, Eckart Woertz


186 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9780367028442
pub: 2019-01-16
Hardback: 9781138674226
pub: 2016-08-25
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315561400
pub: 2017-10-02
from $24.98

FREE Standard Shipping!


This book discusses key issues concerning water, energy and food in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It provides an interdisciplinary account of current developments in the most water-scarce and conflict-torn region in the world. Key analysts on MENA water, agriculture and energy affairs have been drawn together to compile one of the first edited volumes dedicated to the crucial role of water, energy and food security in the 21st century MENA region. It will be of interest to decision-makers, analysts and students of the future of the Middle East from a broad range of disciplines including the physical and social sciences. This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development.

Table of Contents

1. The water – food – energy nexus: an introduction to nexus concepts and some conceptual and operational problems

Tony Allan, Martin Keulertz and Eckart Woertz

2. Financial challenges of the nexus: pathways for investment in water, energy and agriculture in the Arab world

Martin Keulertz and Eckart Woertz

3. Food-water security and virtual water trade in the Middle East and North Africa

Marta Antonelli and Stefania Tamea

4. Rapid assessment of the water – energy – food – climate nexus in six selected basins of North Africa and West Asia undergoing transitions and scarcity threats

Caroline King and Hadi Jaafar

5. The nexus as a political commodity: agricultural development, water policy and elite rivalry in Egypt

Harry Verhoeven

6. Nexus meets crisis: a review of conflict, natural resources and the humanitarian response in Darfur with reference to the water – energy – food nexus

Brendan Bromwich

7. To what end? Drip irrigation and the water – energy – food nexus in Morocco

Guy Jobbins, Jack Kalpakian, Abdelouahid Chriyaa, Ahmed Legrouri and El Houssine El Mzouri

8. Virtual-water content of agricultural production and food trade balance of Tunisia

Jamel Chahed, Mustapha Besbes and Abdelkader Hamdane

9. Energy cost of irrigation policy in Morocco: a social accounting matrix assessment

Mohammed Rachid Doukkali and Caroline Lejars

10. Impact of the Syrian conflict on irrigated agriculture in the Orontes Basin

Hadi H. Jaafar, Rami Zurayk, Caroline King, Farah Ahmad and Rami Al-Outa

11. Climate change and food-water supply from Africa’s drylands: local impacts and teleconnections through global commodity flows

Mark Mulligan

12. Towards a water – energy – food nexus policy: realizing the blue and green virtual water of agriculture in Jordan

Samer Talozi, Yasmeen Al Sakaji and Amelia Altz-Stamm

About the Editors

Martin Keulertz is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Purdue University. His research centres around the politics of water and food management in the MENA region.

Eckart Woertz is a senior research fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs. His previous work has been on Gulf financial markets, food security and oil politics.

About the Series

Routledge Special Issues on Water Policy and Governance

Most of the world’s water problems, and their solutions, are directly related to policies and governance, both specific to water and in general. Two of the world’s leading journals in this area, the International Journal of Water Resources Development (sponsored by the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico) and Water International (the official journal of the International Water Resources Association), contribute to this special issues series, aimed at disseminating new knowledge on the policy and governance of water resources to a very broad and diverse readership all over the world. The series should be of direct interest to all policy makers, professionals and lay readers concerned with obtaining the latest perspectives on addressing the world’s many water issues.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries