A stable and resilient food system is essential in achieving food security. However, current mega-regional trade talks including RCEP, TPP, and FTAAP are expected to deliver a tremendous impact and bring various challenges and opportunities to the regionally integrated food supply chain. Therefore, there is a great need to review our current food system and draw up harmonized policies in the region towards a more inclusive food system that can benefit all stakeholders.
To this end, Korea plans to hold the APEC Forum on Inclusive Food System and Food Security in the Asia-Pacific region through Public Private Partnership facing the Era of Regional Integration.
The objectives are to:
・ Recognize the complexity and new dynamics of food security issues in the Asia-Pacific region under the era of regional integration;
・ Review and analyze issues to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a regionally integrated food system in the Region;
・ Enhance understanding of the important role the public private partnership plays in the establishment of inclusive food system and food security in the Region; and
・ Initiate the dialogue on improved policy coordination in enabling inclusive food system and food security in the Region.
This forum will be organized by the Secretariat of the APAP (Asia Pacific Agricultural Policy) Forum. The Forum, launched in 2002, is a network and coalition of various organizations, institutions and individuals seeking to analyze issues such as regional cooperation and agricultural negotiation as well as food system development and recommend policy options in the region.
APEC, embracing import and export countries, provides an inclusive platform where all parties have an equal say on the pending issue.
Hosted in collaboration with the APAP Forum, this APEC forum will create synergies in obtaining more comprehensive knowledge and insight through interactions between APEC and APAP Forum participants.
The forum will be held in Seoul, Korea, in September 2016.