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The Fair Value of Bread: TUNISIA, 28 December 1983–6 January 1984

The Fair Value of Bread: TUNISIA, 28 December 1983–6 January 1984 | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The “Bread Riots” that broke out in Tunisia on 28 December 1983 lasted barely ten days. Yet, they cost the lives of over one hundred people. The revolt studied here centred on two popular neighbourhoods of Tunis in the wake of massive, World Bank-sponsored development plans. This article seeks to understand how the inhabitants in these quarters reacted to the establishment of a new welfare state that was more concerned with fighting poverty – or fighting the poor – than with equalizing conditions or offering the same opportunities for everyone. Based on this case study, I argue that the great Bread Revolt of 1983–1984 marked a break with past practices of state reform and popular protest and suggest that International Monetary Fund and World Bank prescriptions and state implementations reconfigured the political and social landscape of independent Tunisia.

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World's oldest bread found in Jordan far predates agriculture - Daily Sabah

World's oldest bread found in Jordan far predates agriculture - Daily Sabah | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Charred remains of a flatbread baked about 14,500 years ago in a stone fireplace at a site in northeastern Jordan have given researchers a delectable surprise: people began making bread, a vital staple food, millennia before they developed agriculture.

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Arab diets a matter of life and death - News

Arab diets a matter of life and death - News | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study, published in The Lancet, found that one in every five people worldwide dies from a poor diet. In 2017 alone, 11 million people succumbed to cardiovascular diseases, cancers and diabetes triggered by unhealthy eating, which has become the leading risk factor for death globally, ahead even of smoking. 

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12 million loaves of bread wasted daily

12 million loaves of bread wasted daily | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Food waste is one of the most important issues the world faces today. The idea of having more of everything leads to a great deal of food being wasted every single day while people in certain parts of the world live on the brink of starvation.

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