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APEC Workshop on Food Security in Japan, 10-11 September 2013

Date and Venue

September 10(Tuesday) and 11(Wednesday), 2013

Tokyo International Forum (Address: 5-1 Marunouchi 3-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo JAPAN)


The world’s population will continue to grow to well over 9 billion by 2050 and a large increase in food production is required to feed this population. However, the global food supply is expected to remain tight due to the climate change, increasing demand for livestock and bio fuels and others.

Under this situation, the first and second APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security in Niigata in 2010 and in Kazan in 2012 were held respectively, where our ministers reaffirmed that APEC member economies would collectively pursue the shared goals of (i) sustainable development of the agricultural sector, (ii) facilitation of investment, trade and markets in the Niigata and Kazan Declaration on Food Security, and agreed that to strengthen food security and to focus on increasing agricultural production and productivity and so on.

With all these factors, we have steadily implemented the Niigata Action Plan on Food Security. And to share information and good examples on food security or on the actions, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (hereafter MAFF Japan) has hosted the Workshop on Food Security three times  since 2011 and elaborated and launched the Asia-Pacific Information Platform on Food Security (APIP on Food Security) (www.apic-apec.org) since 2012.

Summary Report

I. Further Actions for Strengthening Food Security through achieving Niigata Action Plan Presentations and Discussions

Based on Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS), Kazan Declaration as well as Niigata Declaration on Food Security, to exchange a view of food security among stakeholders in order to consider further action for strengthen food security would contribute to discussion toward to 2014 APEC, which will be hosted by Rep. of China. In this regard, several experts from various fields and economies made presentation and discuss the related policies and activities under instable global food production, market, price, and growing population. Mr. Sakai, MAFF,Japanwas a facilitator and wrapped up this session.

Wrap up by the facilitator;

  • Each economy’s efforts and good practices were introduced.
  • Sharing information is essential for all member economy and all of the presentation materials and participant list are uploaded and available at APIP website.

ll. Promotion of Agricultural Investments

Promotion of agricultural investments and improvement of their enabling environments are quite important to increase agricultural production and to achieve stable and diversified food supply which contributes to ensure global food security. With reference to the content of this matter in the Niigata Declaration on APEC Food Security, the Ministers stated that “we supported responsible agricultural investment aiming to create a “win-win-win” situation for recipient economies, local communities and investors”. Based on these, in order to promote substantial agricultural investments, some APEC economies and private entities presented experiences and challenges for such investments. Mr. Kajishima, MAFF, Japan was a facilitator and wrapped up this session.

Wrap up by the facilitator;

  • To secure the global food security, promotion for agricultural investment is quite important and APEC economies continue to share and update information on this issue utilizing APIP website

lll. Agriculture and Public Goods

The view of sustainability of agriculture and the relationship with public goods has been discussed. Several experts from various fields made presentations and discuss the related policies and views on sustainable agriculture and public goods. Prof. Shobayashi, Gakusyuin Women’s College in Japan was a facilitator and wrapped up this session.

Wrap up by the facilitator;

  • Discussed the way of policy making without distorting market mechanism and agricultural productivity.
  • Shared various views and policy implications on sustainable agriculture and public goods as well as  importance of “targeting” in order to promote the action effectively.

lV. Efforts to reduce Food Losses and to improve Food safety with utilizing Pubric-PrivetePartnership

As almost one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year gets lost or wasted, reducing food loss or waste is crucial to secure food security as well as increasing food productions. Factors influenced to food losses are closely related to food safety issues, such as supply chains, channels for distribution, and others. Presentations and discussions were made to share information to minimize food losses and to improve food safety with PPP initiative. Mr. Keogh, Shantalla Inc. was a facilitator and wrapped up this session.

Wrap up by the facilitator;

  • Each economies efforts and good practice were introduced.
  • Long-term perspective, careful planning, establishing international rules and flexibly response are important to Promote PPP to reduce Food Losses and to improve Food safety.
  • To take some action after being back to each economy is important.

V. Excursion to the Food Security Facilities

Participants visited to the food security related facilities of Japan, such as Nichirei Foods, and Ajinomoto Factories to see their cold chain management, efforts to reduce food-loss and CRS activities.

Workshop Program

Day 1: September 10(Tuesday), 2013

09:30-09:50 Session1: Opening
 Opening remarks
 Report by APEC Secretariat
09:50-12:45 Session2: Further Actions for Strengthening Food Security through achieving Niigata Action Plan
Presentations and Discussions
12:45-12:55 Group Photo
13:55-15:35 Session3: Promotion of Agricultural Investments
Presentation and Discussions
15:55-17:10 Session4: Agriculture and Public Goods
Presentation and Discussions
17:10-18:30 Session5: Efforts to reduce Food Losses and to improve Food safety with utilizing Pubric-PrivetePartnership
Presentation and Discussions
18:30-18:40 Concluding, Discretionary Reporting


Day 2: September 11(Wednesday), 2013

09:00-16:00 Field Trip to the Facilities on Food Security (with a consecutiveinterpreter)


Presentation Materials


  • 2-1 Opening Remarks and Stock Taking on Niigata Action Plan and Actionstaken in Japan by Mr. Masaki Sakai, Director-General, Statistics Department, Ministrer'sSecretariat, MAFF (Japan)  2-1(1).pdf , 2-1(2).pdf 
  • 2-2 Progress and Challenges of Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) by Mr. Tjuk Eko Hari Basuki, Director, Center for Food Availability and Vulnerability,Agency for Food Security, Min. of Agriculture (Indonesia) 2-2.pdf
  • 2-3 Asia-Pacific Information Platform on Food Security (APIP) and the PolicyPartnership on Food Security (PPFS) by Ms. Izumi Takei, Senior Research Analyst, Department of International StudiesMitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting (MURC) (Japan) 2-3.pdf
  • 2-4 Disaster Prevention and Recovery- From the lessons of the East Japan Great Earthquake and PPFS- by Mr. Yukio Tada, President and CEO, Sojitz Research Institute, Ltd. (Japan) 2-4.pdf
  • 2-5 Farmers’ Organizations and Food Security by Mr. Hirofumi KobayashiGeneral Manager, Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA-ZENCHU)(Japan) 2-5.pdf
  • 2-6 Revitalizing Agriculture with Support from Local Communities by Mr. Atsuo Okabe, President, Genki-no-Sato. Inc (Japan) 2-6.pdf
  • 2-7 Symposium on Climate Change: Adaptation Strategies with MitigationPotential for Food and Water Security(Action Plan No.30) by Ms. Janet D. Garcia, Special Assistant for APEC, Policy and Planning Office,Department of Agriculture (Philippines) 2-7.pdf
  • 2-8 New Zealand market mechanisms to support positive externalities fromagriculture (with Progress of Action Plan 45) by Mr. Jarrod Philip Clyne, Second Secretary, Embassy of New Zealand in Japan (NZ) 2-8.pdf
  • 2-9 Improving agricultural policies to strengthen food security in Mexico by Prof. Oscar Octavio Olivares Plata, Risk Management General Director, Undersecretary of Food and Competitiveness, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural, Development, Fisheries and Food (Mexico) 2-9.pdf
  • 2-10 Agriculture Research & Development Contributions to Strengthening Food Security in Papua New Guinea. by Mr. Clifton David Gwabu, Research & Development Coordinator, Southern Regional Centre/Enabling Environment Program, PNG National Agricultural Research Institute(NARI) (PNG) 2-10.pdf
  • 2-11 Projection of climate-induced variations in global food production by Mr. Masayuki Yokozawa, Senior Researcher, National Institute for Agro- Environmental Sciences (Japan) 2-11.pdf



  • 3-2 Current Situation of Agricultural Investments in perspective of Private investors by Mr. Kensuke Shimura, General Manager, Chief Policy Analyst, Department of International Studies, MURC (Japan) 3-2.pdf
  • 3-3 Agricultural Investments in the field of Food Industry by Mr. Takeshi Kimura, Ph.D., Member of the Board & Corporate, Vice President, Research & Development, Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (Japan) 3-3.pdf
  • 3-4 Revisiting PRAI: A Recipient Perspectives by Mr. Tjuk Eko Hari Basuki, Director, Center for Food Availability and Vulnerability, Agency for Food Security, Min. of Agriculture (Indonesia) 3-4.pdf
  • 3-5 Agriculture and Food Production-Related Investment in Vietnam: from the standpoint of recipient economy Dr. Dinh Pham Hien, Official, Global Integration and Foreign Investment, Division International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Vietnam) 3-5.pdf



  • 4-1 Current policies and discussions on Agriculture and Public Goods by Prof. Mikitaro Shobayashi, Ph.D., Department of Intercultural Communications,Gakusyuin Women's College (Japan)  4-1.pdf
  • 4-2 Sustainable Farm Management in Australia – Balancing EnvironmentalPreservation with Agricultural Productivity by Mr. Paul Neville Ross, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Australia in Japan(Australia) 4-2.pdf
  • 4-3 Water Retaining Functions of Paddy Fields: in the case of China by Prof. Defeng Zhu, Director of Center of Rice Production Technology, D&R Centerof Rice Production Technology, China National Rice Research Institute (China) 4-3.pdf
  • 4-4 Collective activities by farmers and non-farmers in their provision ofagri-environmental public goods: Initiative of OECD by Mr. Tetsuya Uetake, Agricultural Policy Analyst, OECD 4-4.pdf



  • 5-2 Strengthening Public-Private Partnership to Reduce Food Losses in theSupply Chain by Ms. Tracy Tarng, Senior Specialist & Chief, International Organizations Division,Department of International Affairs (Chinese Taipei) 5-2.pdf 
  • 5-3 Cold Chain Infrastructure and Related Industries -Contribution to foodlosses / waste reduction- by Mr. Naoji Kato, Director Executive Vice-President, Nichirei Foods Inc. (Japan) 5-3.pdf
  • 5-4 Efforts to reduce Food Losses and improve Food safety with utilizingPublic-Privet Partnership in case of Thailand by Dr. Amara Chinaphuti, Senior Expert in Postharvest, Department of Agriculture,Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (Thailand) 5-4.pdf
  • 5-5 The control of food waste generation and food recycling system in Japan by Ms. Asako Nagano, Director of the Food Industrial Policy Office, Biomas PolicyDivision, Food Industry Affairs Bureau, MAFF (Japan) 5-5.pdf


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