The 2015 Workplan of the APNFS revolved around the theme: “Strengthening the Network towards securing food, land, and water rights in the context of rapid economic integration in Asia.” The plan addressed recent trends which saw aggressive economic liberalization and the worsening impacts of climate change taking its toll on livelihoods of small farmers. Already burdened by rising costs of production inputs, small farmers have to contend with crop losses as El Nino and ever stronger typhoons have ravaged their lands. These have exposed healthy food production to much greater risk, increasing food insecurity in the region. Yet, more of the same policies of liberalization, privatization, and de-nationalization are being imposed as the solution to the crisis which these same policies have created and aggravated. Instead of building climate-resilient sustainable production systems, international agencies and rich country governments are promoting green growth and green economy.
As a regional network of food sovereignty advocates, which hopes to contribute to transforming the current unsustainable social and economic system causing this crisis, the APNFS sees the need to bring about development justice at the core of social and economic reforms in order to address lingering poverty and hunger. Hence, it focuses on four interrelated issues that it sees preventing genuine economic development in the region: (1) intensifying liberalization under WTO, FTAs and the ASEAN economic integration 2015; (2) declining government support to smallholder farming which has resulted to low productivity and profitability of the sector; (3) intensifying land and water grabbing; and (4) worsening climate crisis.