Food security on agenda as APEC 2016 Peru opens

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members visit Peru to discuss the future of international trade policies, economic growth and improvement of life conditions, leading from the food security talks in September

The APEC meeting in Lima, Peru started on 14 November, and will host ministers from the 21 APEC members to discuss a number of issues on the theme “Quality growth and human development.” Congresswomen Mercedes Aráoz has confirmed that food security, and therefore agriculture, will be discussed in relation to this theme.

In September, members from APEC met in Lima to discuss and development food security policy frameworks. Officials from members states committed to promoting transparent, science-based and functional regulation of biotechnology innovations at these talks to secure regional food security.

“Supporting the larger goal of food security in the region means that we should be able to understand how the role of agricultural biotechnology can best respond to today’s research and food production challenges in the context of regional economic integration,” said the APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology Chair Alberto Maurer.

Congresswomen Mercedes Aráoz highlighted food security as a discussion point at this weeks talks. “Here the focus is on going against the traditional food concept of closing markets. We have worked to strengthen urban rural development and improving the profitability of rural food production.”

-Published in Far Eastern Agriculture.  See article link here.

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