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Public and Private Sector Meet to Promote Food Security in Southeast Asia
Source: aseansec.org
Source Date: Monday, June 21, 2010
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Created: Jun 28, 2010

Increasing food production and improving food safety - these are some of the key areas in which both the public and private sector can collaborate to promote food security in the region. This outcome was a result of the recent ASEAN Conference on Food Security: The Role of the Private Sector, held from 16 to 18 June in Singapore. The Conference further highlighted that collaboration was also needed in the areas of facilitating trade in food commodities and developing more effective food markets.

The Conference brought together ASEAN policy makers responsible for food security; representatives of international organisations; and regional agricultural and food processing companies to discuss key food security issues in the region. Ways to improve the economic environment to support investment in agriculture and food processing, collaboration on food safety and how companies can factor the effects of climate change into their business plans were also discussed. The outcomes of the Conference will now be shared with ASEAN’s senior officials and Ministers responsible for agriculture and forestry.

The Conference also sought views from private sector on the implementation of the ASEAN Statement on Food Security and the ASEAN Integrated Food Security (AIFS) Framework and the ASEAN Multisectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFCC) for the improvement of regional food security.

“The private sector is the engine of growth for the agriculture sector,” said the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community, S. Pushpanathan, opening the Conference. “They have the knowledge, capacity and resources along with the whole food supply/value chain to support the development of sustainable and long-term food security,” he continued.

The Conference was organised by the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN-US Technical Assistance and Training Facility and the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore.
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