The Hollings Center’s initiative on Resource Resiliency aims to foster cooperative solutions to questions of sustainable development. Dialogues focus on issues of water, energy, food, and health.

 

Dialogues

The Food Security Factor: Stability, Governance, and Development Choices

Food security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is viewed as one contributing factor in catalyzing conflicts in the region as well as perpetuating multiple humanitarian crises. The MENA region is the largest importer of food in the world, accounting for nearly 1/3rd of global cereal imports.  Rising prices in staple foods…

The Water Energy Food Nexus: An Integrated Approach to the Middle East Water Challenge

The Middle East and North Africa region faces growing pressure on its water systems due to population growth, socio-economic development, security issues, urbanization, and environmental degradation. Some of these issues were discussed during the Hollings Center’s May 2014 dialogue conference, High and Dry: Addressing the Middle East Water Challenge. The dialogue, which was cosponsored by…

High and Dry: Addressing the Middle East Water Challenge

Often overshadowed by its political turmoil, the Middle East faces increasing environmental and resource-based challenges, such as depleting water resources. Recognizing the need to find possible collective solutions, the Hollings Center and the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies at the University of Central Florida convened a conference to address challenges…


 

Video

Technology and Megacities

Nina Purwajati and Biondo Sanda Sima give examples of how Indonesia and other countries are using technology to address the challenges of megacities. They later discus the urbanization trends in Indonesia and their potential impact. Nini Purwajati is a senior program manager with 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) Asia Pacific…

Food Security in Megacities

Andy Fisher discusses how communities can address food injustice challenges in large scale in megacities. Andy Fisher has been a leading force in the food security and food justice movement in the US for the past 25 years. He co-founded and led the primary American food systems alliance, the Community Food Security Coalition, for 17…

Oregon & Tunisia Farm-to-School Exchange

In October 2018, the Hollings Center sponsored a small grant that created an exchange program between representatives of Tunisia and the U.S. state of Oregon to compare best practices for Farm to School Food Programs.  Led by grantees Andy Fisher, Amy Gilroy, and Maria Lukyanova, officials from both countries had an opportunity to share insights…

Jeannie Sowers on Food Security Challenges and Practices in the MENA Region

Jeannie Sowers, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire, discusses some of the obstacles to food security in the Middle East & North Africa, particularly the challenge of the inclusion of rural populations in food security strategies. She further highlights good examples from the region.

Martin Keulertz on Food Security in the Middle East & North Africa

Martin Keulertz, Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut, discusses the challenges the MENA region faces in achieving food security and discusses possible ways to address those challenges. Most importantly, the outlook can be optimistic with attention to key issues and the development of new strategies.

Ismahane Elouafi on Innovation and Investment in MENA Region Food Security

Ismahane Elouafi, Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, discusses the innovation solutions that could be applied to improving food security in the Middle East & North Africa. She focuses on deploying small scale technological innovations, the importance of learning from older techniques, and the utilization of local, native crop varieties.


 

Events & Other Projects

Video: The Middle East Water-Energy-Food Nexus

On November 16, 2016, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue held a panel entitled, “The Middle East Water-Energy-Food Nexus.” The Middle East is faced with a set of complex interrelated problems related to the water, energy, and food sectors. Understanding the dynamics and linkages between these three sectors is needed to understand potential opportunities, trade-offs,…

Video: Breaking the Cycle: Creating Solutions for Water Security in the Middle East

On January 21, 2015, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue held a panel entitled, “Breaking the Cycle: Creating Solutions for Water Security in the Middle East.” Event Description: Often overshadowed by political turmoil, the Middle East faces increasing environmental and resource-based challenges, notably its depleting water resources. Overuse enabled by government subsidies, growing demographic challenges…