In Uganda, the process of building a National Food Security Network, focused on strengthening the existing CSOs alliance, fighting for peoples’ rights to food. The Food Rights Alliance started in 1999 and has since been involved in policy advocacy at the national and international levels. The IFSN project therefore built on on-going work by AA of building strong networks and alliances for a collective voice, to influence for appropriate policies.
On Febuary 21st and 22nd, CNCR and ActionAid organized,in Kaolack, Senegal, a seminar to discuss the country's situation in terms of food security. In this event were present several members from both civil society organizations and also from AYCAH and KEOH. CNCR and ActionAid representatives presented the country's food insecurity state and also the work they have been developing in the area of the Right to Food and Food Security and Sovereignty. Marta Antunes and Mariano Iossa (IFSN's global and european coordinators, respectively)presented the International Food Security Network project, especialy the work done by the african members so far.
The constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan guarantees the right to food under the chapter 2: Principle of Policy. Constitutional provision under principle of policy provides a constitutional cover for the citizens to claim the right to food.
There are various figures being quoted for the situation of food security and malnourishment in Pakistan. It is imperative to conduct a baseline study for assessing the situation of right to food and mapping of the chronic food shortage areas and people. This research/assessment will be helpful tool for redirecting the policies and special program for vulnerable people. In addition, research will also identify the causes of hunger rather than symptoms. The proper detection of causes will substantiate lobbying and advocacy work of the network.
Invited by the IFSN Project implemented by ActionAid, a delegation of civil society from all the African Portuguese-speaking countries-Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe-met in Fortaleza (Brazil) between July 2 and 7, 2007 to attend the III National Conference on Food Security and Nutrition and to held a series of parallel activities with the aim of exchanging experiences relating to the institutional construction of food security and Nutrition (SAN), to food sovereignty and to the human right to food, and also to know about the Brazilian experience.
Food Security Policy Advocacy Network (FoodSPAN) is a network of civil society organisations and individuals in the country, who work on food security issues.
FoodSPAN seeks to contribute to the realisation of the right to food for all people at all times. It is a Network of organisations and individuals whose activities touch on food and agriculture with a principle based on the conviction that food is a fundamental basic right to all. It envisions a Ghana where every human being is entitled to life to dignity and entails a right to adequate (quality and quantity), safe, timely, and culturally acceptable food at all times and under all circumstances.
On March 19th, 2007 was held in Bijilo, The Gambia, a maiden meeting of stakeholders on the establishment of the IFSN. To this meeting attended Buba Khan, from ActionAid The Gambia; Alagie Kebbeh, from NaYAFS; Sheriff T.J Sanyang, from the National Farmers’ Platform; Mam Samba Joof. from ADWAC; Dodou Darboe, from AFET (ROPPA); Mrs Amie Jallow Jatta, from FASE- UNDP; Modou Joof , from DAS; Hon. Dawda Manneh, from NAM Select Committee on Agriculture; Sarjo Camara Singateh, from the Media; Ousman Yarbo, from TANGO; Aran Sarr, from AYCAH; and Ndey Adam Sanyang, from YAFSEE. Buba Khan, Food Rights Campaign Coordinator from ActionAid The Gambia and also the lead person on this current arrangement, reiterated, in his presentation, that at the rate of progress, it will take 120 years to reach the MDGs and World Food Summit Commitments to halve hunger by 2015.
On September 14th, 2007, in Quito, Ecuador, Ayuda en Acción (one of the IFSN partners for the Americas), CPR (Centre de Promotion Rurale ), Fondation COADESI, FEPP LATACUNGA, Fondation Ecologique Rikcharina, Fondation Maison Champêtre de Cayambe, Fondation PRODECI et Fondation TIERRA VIVA (Terre Vivante) gathered, aiming at creating the food security national network.