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APEC Tackles Food Security Challenges
  time:2014/12/26 15:52:36
 

To ensure food security, ministers from APEC economies have unveiled a framework that seeks to address issues such as food safety, trade cooperation, climate change and food waste.

Beijing, China: Agriculture and Food Ministers from APEC economies have unveiled a new innovation-based cooperation framework to ensure safe, accessible and sustainable food supplies amid changing global conditions.

Greater measures to feed the region’s 2.8 billion people and alleviate global hunger are described in the Beijing Declaration on APEC Food Security issued by Ministers after the 3rd APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security.

Ministers welcomed an Action Plan to Enhance Connectivity of APEC Food Standards and Safety Assurance. Emphasis is on strengthening food safety management through international standards alignment, the development of risk-based requirements and establishment and improvement of early warning, traceability and recall systems.

Ministers moreover committed to enhance surveillance and early warning information- sharing as well as personnel training on trans-boundary animal and plant diseases and strengthen information exchange and cooperation on safety of food imports and exports.

Ministers called upon APEC economies to step up efforts to liberalise and facilitate agricultural trade and investment in the APEC region and combat protectionism, including bans and other restrictions on food exports that may cause price volatility.

To address the effects of climate change, ministers agreed to pursue joint research of new eco-friendly technologies, planting patterns and disease and pest control methods. They also welcomed a new APEC Action Plan for Reducing Food Loss and Waste.

One-third of food for human consumption is discarded or lost annually, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. If one-quarter of all food lost or wasted could be saved, it would be sufficient to feed the world’s nearly 850 million undernourished people.

 

(Source: apfoodonline.com)

 

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