A rentier state under blockade: Qatar’s water-energy-food predicament from energy abundance and food insecurity to a silent water crisis

Hussam Hussein, Laurent Lambert

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This article investigates Qatar’s sustainability crisis of the high levels of water, electricity and food use. The high levels of consumption have been enabled by Qatar’s significant hydrocarbons wealth, a generous rentier state’s redistributive water governance, and structural dependence on imported food and food production subsidies. The water crisis is silent because it does not generate supply disruptions nor any public discontentment. The geopolitical blockade Qatar is experiencing sparked discussions in policy circles on the best ways to ensure food security, but has only exacerbated its water insecurity. The blockade makes more urgent than ever the necessity to maximize and increase synergies among different sectors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1051
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2020


  • Blockade
  • Desalination
  • Qatar
  • Redistributive water governance
  • Rentier state
  • Water-energy-food

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