Sharia: Solutions to Food Insecurity, Poverty and Inequality

Author (s): 
Arif Samad

This study proposes Sharia based solutions to the problems of food insecurity, poverty and inequality in the Muslim world. In recent years there has been increased volatility in international grain and food prices which has adversely impacted many developing countries due to their high exposure to food imports.  In future years, as environmental concerns and energy security feature even more prominently in grain exporting countries, relying on imported supplies of vital grains may be even more perilous. The author argues in favour of Shaira based solutions rooted in Islam in the form of land reform, government funding of public agriculture infrastructure investment and import controls to promote the growth of domestic staple grain production, which at the same time will reduce wealth inequality and lower poverty.

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