PM welcomes Apec leaders’ attention on food security


PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has welcomed the commitment of fellow Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) leaders to strengthen food security in the region which would benefit the people and food producers of Papua New Guinea.
After the leaders released their Lima Declaration this week, O’Neill said Apec’s focus on regional food security would not only strengthen economies, but open up skills training and technical support for Papua New Guinea.
He said food security was of significant concern to the leaders who were encouraging greater action around the region and in countries.
“Apec can address challenges to food security and this has implications for all people in the food supply chain, from farmer to consumer,” O’Neill said.
“As part of this, Apec leaders have instructed our officials to place more emphasis on enhancing food markets.
“This includes integrating food producers into domestic and global food supply and value chains.
“We agreed that our Governments must do more to reduce food loss and waste.
“For Papua New Guinea, this is important in the post-harvest phase of production.
“This is the period after the crop is harvested and before it gets to market, and where food losses can have a serious impact in the incomes of our farmers and food producers.”

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