APN was invited to give a presentation on behalf of Arab civil society in the Regional Multi-stakeholder Workshop on Food Security and Nutrition that is organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Tunis from November 4th to the 7th in 2013.
The workshop was attended by dozens of representatives from the public and private sector and civil society, and it reviewed and discussed food security strategy in the context of the changing social and political situation in the region, as well as ongoing global initiatives that fall under the umbrella of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
Mariam Al Jaajaa, who is responsible for the Policy program at APN gave a presentation on the second day of the conference on the perspective of civil society regarding the Agenda for Action on Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises that is being prepared by the Committee on World Food Security.
She stressed on how dangerous it would be if they agenda is restricted to post-crises rehabilitation, excluding key principles such as conflict prevention and resolution. She added that Civil Society Organizations believe that a primary purpose of the Agenda for Action is to enable governments and other stakeholders to implement existing CFS policy guidance in protracted crises and to honour their existing humanitarian and human rights obligations which have been negotiated between all governments, provide the strongest and most legitimate guidance for national and regional actions.
APN represents Western Asia International Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) affiliated with the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and coordinates the Working Group on Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises.