The 2021 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting on Food Security was held on Aug.19, 2021. Vice Minister Ma Youxiang led the Chinese delegation to the meeting.
Against the backdrop of COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security focuses on digitalization and innovation.
Vice Minister Ma pointed out that since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Chinese Government has attached great importance to the role of innovation and digital technology in ensuring food security. Efforts were intensified to increase food production with the adoption of technology, offer online training courses to farmers with digital technology and reduce food loss by mechanized harvesting.
Vice Minister Ma put forward three-point proposal for ensuring food security in the Asia-Pacific region: 1) pushing for cooperation in innovation and R&D on the basis of a win-win approach; 2) seizing the opportunity of digitalization to foster research and application of digital technologies; 3) reducing food loss and waste throughout the industrial chain.
Vice Minister Ma emphasized that the APEC Food Security Roadmap Towards 2030 is a key accomplishment in implementing the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040. He suggested that APEC economies should promote agricultural investment as well as trade liberalization and facilitation in the Asia-Pacific region, encourage sharing and exchange of best practices, and boost international cooperation in the reduction of food loss and in digitalization.
The meeting, held via video conference, was chaired by Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture of New Zealand, the host country. The APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security Joint Ministerial Statement was adopted during the meeting. Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration of China attended the meeting.