PNG welcomes food security accord

PAPUA New Guinea has welcomed the commitment of fellow APEC leaders to strengthen food security in the region which the government says will benefit both the people and food producers of PNG.
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Staff Reporter

After APEC leaders delivered their Lima Declaration this week, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said APEC's focus on regional food security would not only strengthen economies, but would open up skills training and technical support for PNG.

He said food security was an area of great concern for APEC leaders and they were encouraging greater action around the region and in individual countries.

"APEC can address challenges to food security and this has implications for all people in the food supply chain, from farmer to consumer. As part of this, APEC leaders have instructed our officials to place more emphasis on enhancing food markets, and this includes integrating food producers into domestic and global food supply and value chains.

"We further agreed that our governments must do more to reduce food loss and waste, and for Papua New Guinea this is important in the post-harvest phase of production," O'Neill said.

The subject of climate change and its influence on food security was also discussed and the APEC leaders indicated their commitment to enhance co-operation and to implement policies that reduce the impacts of climate change on food production.

"This will mean stepping up efforts through the APEC Program on Food Security and Climate Change, and as part of this, Papua New Guinea will look to the information and data that can be shared. Papua New Guinea will participate in projects and technical capacity building programs that will help farmers better protect against climate change," O'Neill said.



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