In a globalised world, food and natural resources are critical: it is especially crucial to secure them in a sustainable way. In contexts like Qatar, undergoing critical changes linked to economic diversification, to the shift towards clean and sustainable energies, and to the effects of climate change, it is strategic to take into account the specific context and needs and ongoing changes. Using lessons learned and results obtained by the Qatar National Research Priority Program project entitled “Governance of Natural Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa: Advancing a Qatari Perspective,” under grant NPRP # 6-1272-5-160 funded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), this course presents best practices from sub-Saharan African contexts, not only to propose case studies to analyze, but also to draw lessons and learning tailored for Qatari stakeholders or foreign ones operating in Qatar. After the June 2017 events, important global issues like food security and natural resource governance are nowadays more than ever of particular relevance for Qatar and required to be dealt with by stakeholders in all sectors.
Participants will be provided with real-world case studies, data, and fieldwork information, and experiences from Africa and will become familiar with the most essential understanding of food security and with natural resource governance from an economic, political economy, and legal perspective. Qatari stakeholders with African experience will be invited to share their experiences and views on these critical issues. Every participant will be invited to study food security or a given natural resource in a specific African country as a case study and to identify lessons and relevant policy experiences for the Qatari context.
The targeted audience is wide as it encompasses all the variety of stakeholders concerned by natural resource governance and food sovereignty in Qatar. It includes, but it is not limited to: academics; researchers and policy analysts; graduate students; public officials; private sector stakeholders.
The objective of this course is to:
Upon completion of this five-days (twenty hours) class, participants are expected to:
Presentation of the Literature, Theories, Concepts; Methodology of this course (Cristina)
A Legal Perspective on Natural Resource Governance and Food Sustainability (Damilola)
The Political Economy of Natural Resources and Food (Evren)
Participants’ Case Studies
Additional Case Studies
Course fees are 1,500 QAR.