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[Editorial] Food security in the Middle East and north Africa

Early civilisations emerged in conjunction with agriculture and the food security that crops provided. In Mesopotamia (now Iraq), agriculture and science flourished symbiotically. But the agriculture of Iraq that once nourished thinkers who shaped the ancient world is no longer able to feed the population. Agricultural Outlook 2018–2027, published on July 3 by the OECD and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, explains why. The report focuses on the Middle East and north Africa, where unsustainable farming practices are widespread.