Background paper for the High Level Expert Forum
by Rami Zurayk, Anne Gough, Ahmad Sourani, Mariam Al Jaajaa

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.


Date: 2017-11-14

by Wassim Laabidi

Généralement, le traitement de la question des phosphates en Tunisie se limite à l’aspect économique : le phosphate est considéré comme une richesse naturelle majeure qui appuie l’économie nationale. Cependant, le modèle d’extraction des phosphates soulève aussi de nombreux points critiques qui ont longtemps été marginalisés et restent peu connus et analysés.

Date: 2017-10-27

by Max Ajl

Two members of the Thimar collective, Habib Ayeb of the University of Paris – VIII, Ray Bush of the University of Leeds, several frequent collaborators of Thimar – François Ireton and Max Ajl – as well as Amine Slim and Corinna Mullin, spoke at a conference which Bush and Ayeb convened on Agricultural Policies and Food Dependencies in North Africa in Tunisia on Friday, May 29, 2017 at the headquarters of the Tunisian Forum for Social and Economic Rights.

Date: 2017-09-06

by Yasmine Moataz, Abdelmawla Ismail, Nada El-Kouny

On 18 September 2014, almost one week after the commemoration of Egypt’s National Farmers’ Day, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi issued Law No. 127 expanding health insurance to cover uninsured agricultural holders and agricultural workers. This report investigates the details of the new Law and the way in which it is being implemented on the ground. Specifically, it tracks the early phase of its execution, mainly by interviewing relevant stakeholders and conducting fieldwork in the North Giza governorate villages of Wardan, Abu Ghalib and Um Dinar between June 7 and September 30, 2016.

Date: 2017-03-16

corporate food and class inequalities
by Marion W. Dixon

When global food prices rose to new heights at the end of 2007, protests and riots erupted in more than 30 countries. In Egypt, the food price hike led to fighting and death in the scramble for subsidized bread and an organized labor protest in the industrial town of Mahalla, which spread to other parts of the country. For some the growing popular tension from the 2007-08 food crisis marked a critical moment in the bourgeoning revolt that culminated in the 2011 uprising.

Date: 2017-01-25

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This post combines a number of articles and work on the conflict over dispossession of Nubian land in upper Egypt. The Dossier follows recent news of political action by Nubian activist fighting to prevent further dispossession of historical lands. This collection contains articles on the topic and will grow progressively.
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