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"Towards people's sovereignty over food and natural resources"

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.


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1-The Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) For Food Security Committee(CFS)

APN is an active member of CSM, the largest mechanism of civil society organizations (CSOs) seeking to influence agriculture, food security and nutrition policies and actions, nationally, regionally and globally. CSM functions as a facilitating body for CSO/NGO consultation and participation in the Committee on Food Security (CFS), an intergovernmental body set up in the UN system to serve as a forum for review and follow up of food security policies.

APN, represented by its president Razan Zuayter, was chosen to represent the Western Asia region in the CSM coordinating committee. APN works to mobilize as well as facilitate participation of Arab CSOs in the CSM consultations and meetings with CFS, as well as in negotiations with the Committee on policies and principles issued such as the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure, Fisheries, Forests and the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition.


  • Focusing CFS attention on the global and regional priorities particular to the issue of food insecurity during conflicts. APN was named as a coordinator of the Global Civil Society Working Group concerned with food security in protracted crises.
  • Zuayter became a member of the High-level Expert Forum (HLEF) Steering Committee on Protracted Crises organized by CFS.
  • APN managed to call for a global CSO consultation which took place prior to the Forum's meeting in Rome in September, 2012. The CSO participation in the Forum's meeting was very successful. 




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2- Active Role in the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC)

APN was elected as a focal point for the West Asia region by the IPC. Results of its activities within this domain included:

  • Participating in the drafting process of the document 'Ways to Combat Hunger'.
  • Organizing consultations among West Asia CSOs.
  • Establishing a working group on the impacts of wars and conflicts on food security, environment and natural resources set up upon APN proposal.

The Working Group on Impacts of Conflicts

Towards Global Attention:

1- The IPC Agrees to Condemn Israel's Crimes

The IPC 2009 annual Conference agreed, upon demands from APN, to issue a statement condemning the genocide committed by Israel targeting the Palestinian people and environment.

2- APN Demands Protection for Palestinian Farms and Trees

During the 2002 World Food Summit meetings in Rome, APN President Razan Zuayter spoke about the damage caused by the uprooting of trees from Palestinian land by Israel and called for protection of the farmers and their land.  

Seminars and Workshops:

1- Panel Meetings and Deliberations on Food Security and Impacts of Conflicts-2007

APN conducted a series of panel meetings, seminars and discussions in cooperation with World Working Group focusing on impacts of wars and conflicts on food sovereignty, lands and natural resources during the World Social Forum in Kenya, 2007. (more)


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WESCANA NGO/CSO Consultation for Food Sovereignty Held in Doha, Qatar in March, 2004. (Excerpts from the NGO/CSO Declaration and Recommendations)