The 6th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting on Food Security was held virtually on Oct. 27. Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the PRC Zhang Taolin attended the meeting and shared with other APEC member countries the major initiatives and effectiveness of China’s agricultural sector to combat COVID-19. Zhang also proposed to further strengthen regional cooperation with a view to ensuring global food security.
Zhang noted that in face of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Chinese government had highly valued food security and agricultural production. He said that this year, with China’s relentless efforts, a bumper harvest for grain production was in sight, which would be of positive significance to the stability of food prices at both regional and global levels. Noting that the raging pandemic has brought about an increasingly negative impact on food production and availability, as well as uncertainties, he called for collective efforts to address the risks and made a three-point proposal. First, APEC members should enhance coordination to guarantee stable supply of food. Second, agro-trade should be facilitated to secure the stability of global food supply chains. Third, multilateral cooperation should be deepened to build the resilience of agriculture against future shocks.
The meeting, held via video conference, was chaired by Ronald Kiandee, Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries of Malaysia. Ministers endorsed Virtual Ministerial Policy Dialogue on Food Security Statement on COVID-19 at the meeting.
Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration of China attended the meeting.