The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature
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APN seeks to strengthen the capacity of the Arab peoples to sustain the region's natural resources and gain sovereignty over them , particularly in areas suffering from war and occupation.
The Arab Network for Food Sovereignty, Uniting Regional Efforts
In 2012, APN cofounded the Arab Network for Food Sovereignty (ANFS) to work on issues of food sovereignty and resilience building against the underlying causes of economic, social, agricultural and environmental vulnerabilities that plague the region. The network consists of 30 non-governmental organizations, farmers unions, fishermen, pastoralists, women, youth and consumer associations from across 13 Arab countries.
Why the Arab Network for Food Sovereignty?
Arab countries have among the highest food import dependency rates, making the region highly vulnerable to fluctuations in the supply and price of the international food market. Despite the fact that agriculture employs between 53 percent and 84 percent of the Arab labour force, the region imports approximately half its caloric intake and is the largest cereal importer in the world.
There are several factors that contribute to the agricultural incompetence in the region. Environmental factors, particularly water scarcity and climate change, as well as high birth rates of over 2% undoubtedly play a role in reducing productive potential. More importantly, however, are the nutrition, environmental and agricultural policies that primarily determine the level of regional food security; the decline in investment in agricultural productivity and the absence of governmental support for infrastructure and extension services have caused detrimental effects on the state of production and sustainability. Moreover, the high import dependency ratio has dire consequences of food stability, considering the high likelihood of disruption in trade due to chronic regional conflicts and crises.
The sector requires targeted investment on agriculture, research and development, and technology at the national and regional levels. Governments must empower smallholder farmers and work to reduce losses and wastes from the sector. New policies are needed to harness a sustainable agricultural sector that protects essential natural resources, including water, land and seed. The region, the birthplace of agriculture, has incredible potential to boost productivity and enhance food security, and in order to work towards achieving that potential, the Arab Network for Food Sovereignty was initiated.
ANFS strategic goals
The Arab Network for Food Sovereignty aims to achieve the following goals
The General Assembly of the Arab Network for Food Sovereignty met in Beirut on the 30th of March, 2018, and voted for the following executive committee:
The Network's members represent Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Mauritania and Morocco.