Project Title

Strengthening Innovation and Cooperation Among APEC Economies to Advance Science and Facilitate Trade 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

HLPDAB 01 2016T 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

HLPDAB 01 2016T 

Project Title

Strengthening Innovation and Cooperation Among APEC Economies to Advance Science and Facilitate Trade 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

TILF Special Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

37,000 

Co-funding Amount

182,910 

Total Project Value

219,910 

Sponsoring Forum

High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (HLPDAB) 

Topics

Agriculture 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Canada; Mexico; Peru 

Expected Start Date

19/09/2016 

Expected Completion Date

20/09/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Stacey Peckins 

Job Title 1

Senior Trade Advisor 

Organization 1

Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA 

Postal Address 1

1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250  

Telephone 1

1-202 7208053 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Stacey.Peckins@fas.usda.gov 

Project Proponent Name 2

Ann Katsiak 

Job Title 2

Chief of Party 

Organization 2

US-ATAARI 

Postal Address 2

c/o APEC Secretariat, 35 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Singapore 119616 

Telephone 2

65-68919657 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

akatsiak@nathaninc.com 

Declaration

Stacey Peckins and Ann Katsiak 

Project Summary

This project proposes a one-and-a-half day workshop on the margins of the APEC HLPDAB Meeting and continues momentum from the past three years of workshops. This workshop will have five distinct objectives: 1: review of best practices and opportunities for functioning biosafety systems; 2. considerations of practical approaches to LLP in food and feed trade; 3. using biotechnology to address environmental sustainability and biodiversity; 4. seed trade; and 5. new plant breeding techniques including fostering innovation, adoption, and use. The target audience will be APEC economy policymakers and regulators focused on handling, developing, or advancing agricultural innovative technologies. Presenters and discussion panel members will be subject matter experts from academia, the private sector, as well as APEC economy government representatives. The outcomes from the workshop will flow directly into the HLPDAB Meeting on 20 September and be utilized in 2017 to discuss where regulations on agricultural biotechnology can be harmonized for the APEC region.

Relevance

Agricultural biotechnology’s potential is nearly limitless, ranging from revolutionizing agricultural productivity, to boosting economic growth, to lessening environmental damage from agricultural production, and decreasing worldwide malnutrition and food insecurity. According to CropLife, in the last 20 years, advances in agricultural biotechnology for agricultural has allowed 16.5 million farmers to escape poverty and saved 132 million hectares of being over-cultivated. To further these advancements, we propose a workshop to allow economies to share their experiences with agricultural biotechnology, discussed regulation harmonization, and further discussions on the potential for innovative biotechnologies in the sector. The proposed workshop would center around five major themes: 1: review of best practices and opportunities for functioning biosafety systems; 2. considerations of practical approaches to LLP in food and feed trade; 3. using biotechnology to address environmental sustainability and biodiversity; 4. seed trade; and 5. new plant breeding techniques including fostering innovation, adoption, and use.

All of the proposed workshop themes directly connect with the 2015 APEC Leaders’ Statement, in which Leaders “reaffirm[ed] [their] commitment to transparent, science-based regulations in order to advance the science and reap the benefits of agricultural innovation in the context of global trade.” Leaders also demonstrated their desire to “harness…scientific innovations that address common challenges for smallholder farmers [and] encourage APEC member economies to enhance cooperation in maximizing the benefits of biotechnology for improved resiliency, inclusive growth, sustainable agriculture development and food security.”

APEC Ranking: This proposed workshop is focused around Rank 1 priorities. More specifically, the entire curriculum aims to further the Rank 1 priority to advance “food production, processing, supply chain and trade, including food safety and security, sustainable agriculture, sustainability of these activities and rural development, technical cooperation and new technologies, as well as implementation of the Food Security Roadmap Towards 2020 and the Food Security Business Plan.” The workshop theme on regulatory harmonization also works toward Rank 1 priority of “standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations, regulatory cooperation, and regulatory coherence, including good regulatory practices.” Through this workshop, economies would exchange information to improve the collective understanding of these issues and how policies for the use and trade of products of agricultural biotechnology can help address challenges related to food security, impacts of climate change, and improving food distribution systems in the context of agricultural market differentiation.

Objectives

·  To discuss what is working with current regulatory practices including practical examples of regulatory compatibility/convergence/harmonization, sharing resources, existing recognition policies and agreements, to further APEC’s advancement in this area;

·  Discuss considerations of practical approaches to LLP in international food and feed trade, primarily by learning about the latest efforts of the Global LLP Initiative (GLI);

·  To increase the understanding of new plant breeding techniques and how to assist APEC economies in harnessing scientific innovations to address common challenges for small and large holder farmers; and

·  To promote transparent, science-based regulations in order to advance science and reap the benefits of agricultural innovation in the context of global trade.

Alignment

APEC Leaders have noted the challenge of food security in their annual statements since 2010, including the acknowledgement of the role innovative agricultural technologies, including biotechnology, can play in efforts to ensure food security in member economies and around the globe. APEC Senior Officials continue to highlight the growing importance of technological development and dissemination to increase agricultural output, improve food distribution, decrease cost and help sustain output in the face of environmental and population growth challenges. This project falls under the Outreach and Capacity Building to Support the APEC Innovative Agricultural Technologies Initiative and advance products derived from innovative agricultural technologies are an important means to strengthen food security, raise farm income, foster innovation, spur economic growth, raise agricultural productivity, and protect the environment.  Practical, transparent, science-based regulatory approaches are critical to the safe use and trade of these products from innovative agricultural technologies.  Regulation and oversight that ensures the fulfilment of legitimate objectives, such as the protection of health and the environment, including biodiversity, and facilitating reliable trade and avoid creating unnecessary trade barriers or inhibition of innovation and new technologies, are critical.  Not all aspects of governance necessarily require regulation, and this workshop will address the role of markets in helping farmers and consumers make choices about different agricultural markets that meet their needs and how to support biodiversity through harmonized regulation where appropriate.

TILF/ASF Justification

Advances in technology and widening use of agricultural biotechnology provide the opportunity for APEC economies to address worldwide challenges of food security, climate change, and sustainable agriculture. The success of these tools, are often limited by misinformed public communication and regulatory barriers. This workshop would bring together the policymakers and the private sector to discuss how to best facilitate regulatory reviews and reforms related to agricultural biotechnology. Relating to the Osaka Action Agenda, Part 1, Section C (10), the workshop will aim to enhance the transparency of regulatory regimes limiting access to, or research on, agricultural biotechnology. After the workshop, attendees would have a better understanding of how to ensure their policy and regulatory frameworks support the trade and development of innovative technologies and identify areas where biosafety regulations can support one another. This will further trade relationships for agricultural biotechnology and new plant breeding technologies to achieve broader APEC goals.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The workshop will culminate in an outcomes report, which will detail progress made at the workshop to advance participants’ capacity relating to agricultural biotechnology, as well as areas for future capacity building efforts and regulation harmonization opportunities. The shared information from the workshop will be reported at the HLPDAB meeting on 20 September. The workshop discussions, in tandem with the HLPDAB meeting outcomes, will best inform next action items for the HLPDAB to build on the baseline review of innovative agricultural technologies initiated in 2012 and aim to identify biosafety regulations that can best support trade. 

Outcomes:

Expected Outcomes

Continue promotion of transparent, science-based regulations to advance science and agricultural innovation in the context of global trade

Continue to enhance understanding of new agricultural and plant breeding techniques

Continuing efforts towards information sharing among members

Continue to develop self-funded capacity building proposals and proposals for APEC-funded projects

Enhance coordination among HLPDAB members to develop and prioritize HLPDAB project submissions

Continue updating the baseline review of APEC economies’ regulations on products derived from innovative agriculture and develop  next steps

Facilitate collaboration across APEC sub-fora on food security issues

Contribute to enhancement of the scientific knowledge of APEC economy regulators and policy makers

Engage ABAC, private sector, and other relevant non-members to promote the work of HLPDAB, as appropriate

Discussion of the formulation of a set of practical approaches to Low Level Presence incidents and discussion on ways to synchronize approval systems(From Work on LLP Presence and Asynchronous Approvals in APEC)

Discussion on regulatory practices, practical approaches to LLP in international food, feed and seeds trade, discussing ways to eliminate asynchronous approvals, and practical approaches to Co-existence and  the latest on the New Breeding Technologies

(From Workshop on Strengthening Innovation and Cooperation among APEC Economies to Advance Science and Facilitate Trade)

Cooperate with the appointed Assessor in the joint HLPDAB-ATCWG 2016 Independent Assessment

Beneficiaries: The target audience will include regulators, policy makers and/or public sector technology developers from APEC economies, preferably two from each economy. In selecting nominees, economies will be explicitly encouraged to identify participants from government ministries and/or regulatory agencies that are responsible for developing and implementing regulations and policy related to emerging innovative agricultural technologies in their economy.  As appropriate, economies may wish to consider nomination of representatives from their private sector and/or academia who are active in food safety activities.

Dissemination

Presentations and information will be posted on the APEC HLPDAB website. The target audience is policy makers and regulators in economies. Participants will be encouraged to share the information gained at the workshop with their colleagues and Project Overseers will ensure there materials are available to attendees to share. Ultimately, the information gained at the HLPDAB workshop will assist attendees with developing policies and programs that benefit their farmers and consumers. The briefing document will also be shared with other APEC fora as relevant.

Gender

Economies will be explicitly requested to nominate at least one-half of their nominees who are female. As a result, the expected percentage gender breakdown is 50/50. The agenda will also aim to explicitly discuss gender implications for topics where relevant, such as discussing farming technologies. Organizers also appreciate that, in APEC economies, women make up a large percentage of the farmer and consumer population, so in the long-term, advancements made through increased trade of innovative technologies to help food security will have a multiplied benefit for women and their communities.

Work Plan

This project seeks funding for the HLPDAB workshop, which will take place in September 2016 with preparations beginning in July 2016. The majority of the post-workshop follow-up will be self-funded and end with a one-year post-workshop follow-up survey, detailed in the monitoring and evaluation section of this proposal, in September 2017. Organizers will continue to utilize the workshop’s discussions and outcomes into future years of programming to advance biotechnology. 

The timeline for this workshop is as follows:

1) July 2016: The Project Overseers will work to finalize the format for the workshop and ensure the format facilitates full participation from all stakeholders and discusses all necessary topics to achieve project outcomes.

2) July – August 2016: The Project Overseers, in coordination with HLPDAB members, to identify experts who will be presenting at the workshop, issue invitations to speakers, and coordinate on their presentation topics to ensure they are aligned with APEC goals and objectives. The Overseers will also coordinate with nominated workshop attendees to facilitate their travel (where appropriate), deliver the pre-knowledge survey (as detailed in the monitoring and evaluation section of the proposal), and distribute any pre-workshop materials needed for background information.

3) August 2016: The Project Overseers will finalize preparations for the workshop and traveler arrangements (where appropriate), as well as confirm venue; audio-visual requirements; and registration details.

4) September 2016: The Project Overseers will conduct the workshop, distribute surveys 2 and 3 (detailed in the monitoring and evaluation section), and write-up outcome notes to feed into the HLPDAB meeting on 20 September in the afternoon.

5) End of September - October 2016: The Project Overseers will disseminate all workshop proceedings and draft workshop outcomes document.

6) November 2016: The Project Overseers will finalize the outcomes document from the workshop and utilize discussions to feed into the next phase of the broader HLPDAB work plan, especially relating to drafting a harmonized biosafety regulation for agricultural biotechnologies.

7) January – September 2017: Project Overseers will continue to engage with workshop attendees to see how the workshop discussions are advancing in their economies.

·8) September 2017: Project Overseers will distribute the one-year post-workshop survey via email to participants to see how they are implementing and applying their knowledge during the workshop in their home economies.

9) October 2017: The Project Overseers will submit a Project Completion Report to the APEC Secretariat.

Risks

1)  Risk: Workshop is unable to be held in Piura due to potential weather implications.

Risk mitigation: The organizers have a back-up location of Lima, where they have pre-established hotel and venue contacts to ensure there is no impact to the program. 

2)  Risk: Low participation due to Piura’s remote location and infrequency of flights.

Risk mitigation: The organizers have already begun outreach to participants in speakers, beginning in June to try to encourage participation from economies and ensure flights arrangements can be made. The organizers will also have different programming options, such as more roundtable discussions; fewer breakout groups; and more interactive sessions with experts, if participation is lower than originally desired.

3) Risk: Overlap with HLPDAB meeting, resulting in participants having to leave without attending the whole program session.

Risk mitigation: This workshop is intended to end by noon on 20 September, which would allow representatives to attend both this workshop and the official HLPDAB meeting. The organizers have been in touch with the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who is negotiating the site for both this workshop and the official HLPDAB meeting, who have agreed to hold both events close-by at the University of Piura, allowing attendees to freely participate in both this workshop and the meeting

Monitoring and Evaluation

This workshop will benefit from four different types of survey measures to monitor its effectiveness: 1. a pre-workshop survey sent via email to determine attendees’ level of knowledge prior to attending the workshop (in their home economy, prior to travel); 2. a knowledge-gained survey to determine attendees’ level of knowledge after attending the workshop (on-site); 3. a questionnaire filled out after the workshop to determine the relevance and interest of the workshop (on-site); and 4. a follow-up survey one-year after the workshop concludes sent via email to understand the level of continued relevance and retention for workshop attendees. All surveys will be provided to all participants and speakers and experts will only receive survey 2. We expect 65-80 participants and are targeting all APEC economies for participation. 

The indicators for this project are provided below and will be disaggregated by economy and sex:

·  Person-hours of training completed by participants at the workshop (data source: daily sign-in registration form)

·  Percentage of workshop participants who state that their capacity has increased as a result of the HLPDAB workshop (data source: survey 1 and 2)

·  Percentage of workshop participants responding that they applied trade and investment liberalization practices for new technologies as a result of the workshop (data source: survey 4)

·  Percentage of participants who respond that changes in their home economies’ regulations, laws, or processes were influenced by the workshop (data source: survey 4) 

Based on the results gathered from the monitoring efforts, project organizers will improve the curriculum to ensure that participants’ experience was most valuable and, where appropriate, enact recommendations provided in survey 2.

Linkages

This project builds on three years of previous workshops in Indonesia (2013), China (2014), and The Philippines (2015). In Medan in 2013 and Beijing in 2014, on the margins of the HLPDAB, the United States and partners self-funded two workshops: the Plant Biotechnology Lifecycle and Regulatory Issues on Emerging Agricultural Technologies, respectively. Both workshops were well attended (over 90 attendees each) and participants claimed significant gains in knowledge and contacts. In June 2015, 148 participants from 17 APEC economies and three non-APEC economies converged in the Philippines for the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology Workshop: Fostering the Benefits of Innovation in Plant Breeding and Science Communication. The workshop ran from June 8-12, 2015, and the focus was how to get plant innovation products to market. 

This workshop will build upon the past three years of workshop without duplication to advance the use of agricultural biotechnology across the APEC region. This workshop also connects with other APEC priorities and groups, such as the Policy Partnership on Food Security, as increased agricultural production through biotechnology can help economies to secure more food and assist in lessening malnutrition. 

APEC is the most appropriate forum to implement this project because the proposal responds to APEC’s priorities of utilizing new technologies to advance food security and increase agricultural production.

Sustainability

This workshop follows three previous workshops where relevant issues to agricultural biotechnology adoption and trade have been discussed: Indonesia: Regulatory Issues on Emerging Agricultural Technologies:  Case Studies; China: Plant Biotechnology Life Cycle; and the Philippines: Fostering the Benefits of Innovation in Plant Breeding and Science Communication. For all three of these workshops, there has been a continuation of discussion on issues prohibiting advancement of agricultural biotechnology and moved the dial toward acceptance in many APEC economies, which will be advanced by this workshop. The success and high participation rate of the previous workshops since 2013 demonstrate APEC economies’ dedication to progressing agricultural biotechnology through workshop discussions. 

To ensure outcomes and discussions extend beyond the workshop, workshop materials and discussion briefs will be provided to all attendees at the workshop close. This will allow economies to bring back information from the workshop to disseminate to their home economy stakeholders, extending the reach of the workshop beyond attendees. Also, because of the target audience of the attendees, both public and private sector representatives can gather and create connections to continue conversations related to the workshop mission after the workshop concluded. As discussed in the monitoring and evaluation section, workshop impact will be measured by a one-year follow-up survey delivered via email to workshop participants.

Project Overseers

Ms. Stacey Peckins is a Senior Trade Advisor for the New Technologies and Production Methods Division, Office of Agreements and Scientific Affairs at the United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service. In this capacity, Ms. Peckins handles the United States’ participation in APEC under the HLPDAB.

Ms. Ann Katsiak is the Chief of Party for the US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) activity. In this capacity, she serves as the facilitator for US-ATAARI activities across APEC fora and working groups.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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