Palestine’s limited access to international markets and trade disruptions caused by Israeli closures create food shortages as well as surges in prices across the Palestinian territories. For healthier relations between Israel and Palestine, new arrangements are needed to pave the way to a sovereign Palestinian state with full control over its territory and trade policies. This column reports research simulating different trade policies in a future sovereign Palestinian state and assesses which policy options would improve food security in the West Bank.
Harald GretheChair of the International Agricultural Trade and Development, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Prof. Dr. Grethe holds the chair of International Agricultural Trade and Development at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He has ample experience in the analysis of policies related to agriculture, development and trade in the European Union as well as many other countries such as Ethiopia, Sudan, Palestine, Turkey, Israel, and China. Since 2013, Prof. Dr. Grethe is the chair of the Scientific Advisory Board on Agricultural Policy, Food and Consumer Health Protection at the Federal German Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Prof. Dr. Grethe is also consultant for several international organizations. Prof. Dr. Grethe is the responsible person for the Master program on agricultural economics at the Humboldt University of Berlin.