Food security has become an increasing concern among many APEC economies due to rising food prices and periods of price volatility. APEC economies face challenges related to the supply and demand for food. APEC members recognize that in the absence of any policy intervention, the cost of food could rise substantially due to increasing demand and reduced production.
In response, acknowledging the importance of the private sector in the food sector and their role in food security, the APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) was established in 2011 to strengthen public–private cooperation to address food security issues in the region. PPFS focuses on promoting public-private partnerships and investments to ensure greater resilience in the food systems and ABAC’s recommendations for a whole-of-system approach for food production.
The ministers of APEC economies responsible for agriculture and food met for the first time in Niigata, Japan, in 2010 and issued the Niigata Declaration on APEC Food Security—the first comprehensive APEC plan for promoting regional food security.
Subsequent APEC ministerial meetings on food security were held biennially in Kazan, Russia (2012), Beijing, China (2014), and Piura, Peru (2016), which led to the Kazan Declaration, the Beijing Declaration and the Piura Declaration which outline APEC’s new plans for tackling food security.
In 2021, with the forum gaining a new mandate to continue its contribution to Food Security until 2025, and in line with the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040 (the successor of the Bogor Goals from 1994) of “an open, dynamic, resilient and peaceful Asia-Pacific community by 2040, for the prosperity of all our people and future generations” the Food Security Ministers Agriculture and food ministers from the 21 APEC member economies reaffirmed their commitment to an open, transparent, productive, sustainable and resilient APEC food system by launching a new 10-year food security roadmap.
This Food Security Roadmap 2030 addresses food security issues in various dimensions, such as in the identification of risk and challenges to food security, COVID-19 responses and recovery. It details goals and key action areas where APEC is well placed to help 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, focusing on the following initiatives:
- Digitalization and innovation: using digital levers to drive food sustainability
- Productivity: prioritizing systems that are fit for purpose
- Inclusivity: ensuring that underrepresented groups are set up to thrive
- Sustainability: tackling climate change and environmental challenges
This year, the PPFS will pursue meaningful dialogues with the public and private sector to ensure development of an Implementation Plan of the Food Security Roadmap 2030 which utilizes a whole of systems approach for Food Security across the region and agri-food value chain, recognizing the importance of digitalization and innovation, productivity, inclusivity, and sustainability towards this goal in line with APEC’s Putrajaya Vision 2040 and the Aotearoa Plan of Action.