The Policy Partnership in Food Security (PPFS) has set its focus for this year on ‘Food Security’ in the Agriculture and Fisheries sector, Climate Change, and Gender Inclusion.
PPFS Chair, Francis Daink says in terms of food security, the aim is to promote sustainable production of agricultural and fisheries products, improve food security, food safety and nutrition, increase trade in agricultural and fisheries products promote investment in infrastructure and reduce food loss and waste.
PPFS also included ‘Climate Change’ as it is an underlining issue within the region which continues to be a threat to the food systems.
“Due to the high vulnerability to natural disasters, like earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis, floods and droughts, we must strongly promote Climate-Smart resilient food systems that can sustainability increase productivity for income and adapt and mitigate climate to ensure that food supply chains are not disrupted.
“Any disruptions to food supply chain in the APEC Region has the potential cause to global insecurity due to the fact that APEC Region contributes 50 percent of global food production,” says Mr Daink.
PPFS has also play a strong role in promoting women’s participation in the Agriculture and Fisheries sectors.
Mr Daink added that women’s economic empowerment would result in increased revenue and improved food security and nutrition in the APEC Region.
“Empowering women in APEC especially developing economies is very important for economic development,” adds Daink.
Source: APEC News Release