APEC Leaders Endorse Kazan Declaration On Food Security
Bernama, 09 September 2012
The 20th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting ended in Vladivostok, with 21 economies agreeing to put into action many of the issues and proposed actions that had been discussed year-long towards achieving their common goals of continued regional prosperity and solidarity.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun rasak said food security was given serious attention in the meeting, with the Kazan Declaration on APEC Food Security endorsed by all leaders.
The Kazan Declaration is a roadmap to determine measures to be taken to increase food production and enhance its distribution amid a free trade environment and addressing issues like manipulation of food prices while encouraging the factors of food production.
One billion of the world’s current seven billion population go to sleep without food, while the population in 2050 is expected to swell 9.3 billion, and hence, food security is a critical issue, which could impact the future, said Najib when briefing the Malaysian media on the outcome of the APEC leaders’ meeting, which ended on Sunday.
There need to be an encouragement of the production factors, he said.
There need to be measures to ensure that farmers who produced food get a more balanced profit from their production.
“We need to identify ways to efficiently distribute food,” he said, adding that cutting down on wastage and having better storage and logistics would ensure better profits for farmers and fishermen.
With better profits, there will be more food production, he said.
Najib also said manipulation of food prices should be addressed.
The Prime Minister said innovation was also given focus at the meeting although the time was limited.
“This is an important area as this will go on to generate new sources of income for economies,” he said.
On education, Najib said the idea of mobility was discussed to make it possible for the transfer of credits within universities in the region.