Mandated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), APN held the Second Arab Civil Society Consultation on Food Security and Nutrition in cooperation with the Arab Network for Food Sovereignty (ANFS) and the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) affiliated with the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) .
The conference was held at the Amman Cham Palace Hotel for three days beginning September 11th2013.The conference was attended by 60 professionals from Jordan and other Arab counties (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania, Egypt, Yemen, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar.)
The conference examined a number of topics, including the Agenda for Action on Food Security in Protracted Crises (A4A), the principles of responsible agricultural investment (rai), and finally the monitoring of CFS decisions and their application in the states including the application of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Land Tenure, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.
The Civil Society Mechanism seeks to participate in developing monitoring frameworks that adopt a rights-based approach, and put all stakeholders into account. The CSM is promoting for participative assessments that are simple yet comprehensive and accessible by all stakeholders and beneficiaries including the most vulnerable and marginalized. Participants adopted a number of recommendations and proposals to respect human rights particularly the access to food and it is productive resources as an inherent right, rather than aid that is available through charity.
Participants pointed to the important role played by civil society organizations in the Arab region to achieve food sovereignty, and the importance of achieving common strategic integration between Arab countries. Participants also emphasized that crises, wars, and occupations are the main reasons for the deterioration of food security and nutrition in the region.