|APN Celebrates Mandla Mandela and Omar Barghouti at its 2017 Annual Dinner|
On the 25th of November, 2017, APN held its Annual Dinner at the Landmark Hotel with approximately 800 guests in attendance. The Dinner included a dense panel discussion between M.P. Mandla Mandela, grandson of the late Nelson Mandela, BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti, and APN co-founder Razan Zuayter. The speakers presented three models of peaceful resistance that aim to beat injustice, racism and occupation.
Prior to the panel discussion, a film about APN’s accomplishments in Jordan and Palestine was shown, and a welcoming note was given by APN President Rami Barhoush.
|APN Launches a Campaign to Plant 24 Thousand Trees to Support Jerusalemites|
In support of smallholder farmers, APN through its Million Tree Campaign, launched a campaign to plant over 24 thousand olive, stone fruit and grape trees across the 25 villages in Jerusalem. The first activity, funded by the Women’s Association for Jerusalem – Bahrain, has been implemented in Beir Surik.
|APN in AFED: We Call for Ending the War on Yemen|
Razan Zuayter, president of the Arabic Network for Food Sovereignty and co-founder of APN, was invited as a main speaker and a coordinator of the civil society session at the Arab Forum for Environment and Development meetings held on the 2-3 November 2017 in Beirut. Zuayter intervened calling for an immediate end to the war on Yemen.
|APN Leads Workshop on Conflict at the Land Forum in Tunis|
APN President Rami Barhoush was invited to lead a working group on conflict and war and their impact on food and nutrition security at the 6th MENA Land Forum conference titled “Towards the Implementation of Guidelines on Acquisition in the Middle East and North Africa”. The conference was held in Tunis on 25-27 October, 2017.
|Zuayter Elected as Co-Chair of the “Conflict & Fragility” Working Group of the CPDE|
On the 8th of December, 2017, Razan Zuayter, President of the Arab Network for Food Sovereignty, was elected as co-chair of the “Conflict and Fragility” Working Group of the civil society platform CPDE. The CPDE is part of the Global Council for Development Partnership and aims to relay a united voice on development effectiveness at the United Nations and the European Union.
|APN Plants Custard Apple, Guava and Avocado Trees in Khudoori – Tulkarem|
On 24/10/2017, a group of volunteers carried out an activity to plant trees with high economic value, including mango, avocado and custard apple. The trees were planted in Khudoori – Tulkarem, adjacent to the Apartheid Wall.
The activity was part of the “we plant to revive” project under the Third Million Tree Campaign in Palestine, and was organized in collaboration with Palestinian Agricultural Development Association (PARC) and students from the Palestinian Technical University – Khudoori.
|APN in Muscat: States Complicit in War and Occupation Must be Held Accountable and Fined|
On 11-12 December 2017, APN, represented by its Project Manager Mohammad Qtaishat, attended the Regional Symposium on “Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition in the Near East and North Africa”. The symposium was organized by the FAO, in collaboration with UNICEF, IFPRI, WFP and the League of Arab States. The symposium was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Muscat, Oman.
|Speaker of the House of Representatives Hosts Members of APN Accompanied by Mandla Mandela|
On 23/11/2017, Mr. Atef Tarawneh, Speaker of Jordan’s House of Representatives, received members of APN who were accompanied by M.P. Mandla Mandela, grandson of the late Nelson Mandela.
Mandela assured that his presence in Amman is a reflection of his support and respect of Jordan and Palestine, and asserted the words of his late grandfather that South African freedom will always be incomplete so long as Palestine is occupied.
|APN Holds its Annual Press Conference|
On 22/11/2017, APN held its annual press conference at the Landmark Hotel – Amman to showcase its achievements in 2017 and its future plans for 2018. The press conference also hosted Omar Barghouti, BDS co-founder and guest speaker at APN’s Annual Dinner.
|USAID Assistance: With or Against Agricultural Development|
In November 2017, APN submitted a paper to the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) policy research on the “Implementation of a Human Rights Based Approach in Development Partnership.” The paper, written by APN Advocacy Officer Zeina Fakhriddin and titled “Assessing USAID’s Implementation of a Human Rights-Based Approach: A Comparative Study on Jordan and Palestine’s Agricultural Sectors”, looked at how well USAID’s projects in the Jordanian and Palestinian agricultural sectors is safeguarding smallholder farmers’ fundamental rights and how well it ensures holistic and sustainable growth in the sectors.
|APN Soars in Media Interviews|
APN was invited to several radio and TV stations to discuss its different programs and current environmental challenges.
|APN and the Young Engineers Committee Plant 400 Trees in the Central Jordan Valley|
On 27/10/2017, APN, in collaboration with the Young Engineers Committee of the Jordan Engineers Association and the Ahliya for Agriculture, organized an activity titled “Plant Dignity” as part of the Green Caravan program. In support of food security, 400 fruit trees, sponsored by the Jordan Housing Developers Association, were planted in the Rubay’ and Dharar bin Al Azwar areas of the central Jordan Valley.
|APN Organizes Awareness Campaigns in Schools|
As part of its “If You Only Know” program, APN organized two awareness campaigns for school students. On 26/10/2017, APN headed to the Ahliyya School for Girls (ASG) where it gave 200 students from ASG and the Bishop’s School for Boys a lecture about environmental and agricultural challenges in Jordan and Palestine. On 19/12/2017, APN was invited to the British International Academy for Girls to speak about the impact of human activity on ecosystems.
|Development Effectiveness: Benefit or Harm|
On 12-13 October 2017, APN Board Members Hassan Al Jaajaa and Razan Zuayter participated in the Fifth World Council of the CSO Partnership on Development Effectiveness (CPDE) in Berlin. During the meetings, the Council’s new strategies were discussed and two new presidents were elected.
Zuayter intervened stating that the CPDE should reevaluate aid effectiveness in times of war and occupation, whereby aid often perpetuates conflict.
|APN Attends Several Meetings|
APN met with Dar al-Fatwa in Lebanon and a delegation from the OECD in Amman, and attended the Environmental Regional Conference for the Middle East.
|APN Supports the “Basmitak Hat’allim” Initiative|
APN was requested to conduct an agricultural study and consultation for the Jordanian initiative “Basmitak Hat’allim” (you will make an impact). APN’s technical consultant Hassan Al Jaajaa from Sanabel Landscape Design and Services visited the site of the initiative’s project in Ghor El Sheta and studied its effectiveness. The project aims to benefit those living in the Gaza refugee camp.