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APEC to share ag technologies

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Smart agricultural practices will be shared around the 21 member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) to build food security, agriculture ministers say. Under the leadership of Agriculture and Trade Minister Damien O’Connor, the APEC 2021 forum hosted by New Zealand has published the Food Security Roadmap towards 2030.
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Smart agricultural practices will be shared around the 21 member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) to build food security, agriculture ministers say.

Under the leadership of Agriculture and Trade Minister Damien O’Connor, the APEC 2021 forum hosted by New Zealand has published the Food Security Roadmap towards 2030.

It contains the actions that APEC is uniquely placed to take to contribute to the goals of the individual economies and the collective regions’ success.

It aims for an open, fair, transparent, productive, sustainable and resilient food system, to ensure people always have access to sufficient, safe, affordable and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

“Ensuring the world has a consistent supply of food is one of the biggest challenges facing APEC economies and the rest of the world, particularly as we recover from covid-19,” O’Connor said.

“By working together, we can keep our people fed, while building a future of sustainable growth, equitable development and stability in APEC regions.”

In the key action area, called digitalisation and innovation, the roadmap outlined increased productivity and efficiency, minimising food waste, adapting to climate change and reducing costs and facilitating trade.

The Food Security Digital Plan will work to harmonise food standards, documentation and traceability.

It will promote public-private investment into innovative technologies and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and small-scale producers of food and fish.

Inclusion of women, youth, indigenous communities and elderly is considered essential to maximise resources and improve rural, remote and coastal livelihoods.

APEC will support the efforts of member economies to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals 12.3 to halve global per capita food waste and retail and consumer levels by 2030 and reduce food losses along supply chains.

Workshops will be held by early next year to facilitate the transition from the roadmap to an implementation plan, including specific next steps.

There will be prioritisation to achieve the most meaningful outcomes for producers and businesses in the food sector.

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