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Between 1st – 7th May 2016, representatives from Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN) and Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PANAP) undertook a joint documentation mission in the Occupied West Bank to better understand the human rights implications of the illegal production, trade, and dumping of pesticides, the dumping of industrial and domestic waste by Israeli settlers, and the culpability of state as well as corporate actors.
The colonization, occupation, and closure experienced in Palestine over the past several decades have caused the local food and agricultural system to fall into steep decline. As in most conflicts of this nature, Palestine has also attracted the attention and funding of the international community. This paper addresses the impact that this interest from the international development sector has had on Palestine’s food system, arguing that both the Israeli occupation and the international donor community contribute to the inability of Palestinian farmers to achieve sovereignty over their food system.
In May 2016, representatives from Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN) and PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) undertook a visit to the Occupied West Bank in Palestine. One of the main purposes of this visit was to assess the human rights and environmental implications of the manufacture and illicit trade in pesticides into the Occupied West Bank from inside the Green Line. Much of the material in this report was obtained from site visits and discussions with government officials, farmers, farm union leaders and academics.
Israeli colonization, occupation, and siege have been devastating for the food and agricultural system in Palestine. 33% of the population of the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) is food insecure, spending 34.5% of their income on food – their biggest share of cash expenditure.
The occupation severely impacts the ability of Palestinian smallholders to access markets needed to purchase agricultural inputs and to sell agricultural goods.
The purpose of this paper is thus to analyze the use of food insecurity as coercive tool or a weapon during conflict, providing a case study on Gaza. It will prove that Food insecurity in Gaza is not merely a product of conflict, but rather a systematic policy of control.
The right to food includes an acknowledgement of how food is accessed and the rights of oppressed communities for legal recourse against policies that negatively impact their food security. It is our position that any framework for food security in situations of protracted crises must include an understanding for situations in which food insecurity is used as a weapon and in where the Right to Food has been violated.
The war on Yemen is only few months a way from its second anniversary. This savage attack on the country has taken an immense toll, but has hardly been in covered in the non-arabic media. The agricultural sector was and is particularlly targeted in the Saudi strategy of subjugation. This collection of newspaper articles, databases, research documents, and videos focuses on food, agriculture and related infrastructure as they have been targeted during the war and so to contribute to a documentation of the savageness of this assault.
This study investigates the climate-related vulnerabilities of agricultural communities in (post)occupation environments. The three study areas reflect distinct stages of occupational control within the same regional watershed (Jordan Basin). They encompass: protracted military occupation (West Bank), annexation (Golan Heights) and post-occupation (southern Lebanon). That the coercive control regime for all three areas is, or was, administered by the Israeli state (military or civil administration) creates a governance linkage for comparative analysis. This research project is the first comparative study of climate vulnerability in conditions of (post)occupation.