Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group
Agriculture makes a substantial economic contribution to most APEC member economies, and the issues of food security and safety are of critical importance to the region.
The objective of the Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group (ATCWG) is to enhance agriculture's contribution to the region's economic growth and social well-being by promoting agricultural technical cooperation between APEC members. The ATCWG's objectives are to improve the capacity of agriculture and its related industries and to share information and experiences in the areas of agriculture, biotechnology, and animal and biogenetic resource management. Priority is given to projects and activities that build members' capacities to increase trade in agricultural products.
This work contributes to APEC's trade facilitation agenda by reducing business transaction costs, enhancing marketing capacity and improving the implementation of agriculture-related provisions in free trade agreements (FTAs).
In recent years, APEC Leaders have charged the ATCWG with: strengthening food safety standards; responding to food security challenges; promoting the development of next-generation sustainable biofuels; enhancing agriculture's ability to adjust and mitigate the impact of climate change; and strengthening technological cooperation in the strategic planning of ATCWG projects. The development of capacity building programs in these areas is now a core ATCWG activity.
The ATCWG is composed of government officials and experts from academia.
Last page update: 20 October 2017
The latest APEC Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group meeting (ATCWG 21), took place on 19-20 August 2017 during APEC Food Security Week in Can Tho, Viet Nam. In this meeting, the ATCWG endorsed its annual work plan and deliberated about the importance of agricultural science, technology and innovation, and of the role of the ATCWG in promoting regional and global food security. Delegates also took stock of project outcomes during the past year and engaged in discussions on how to improve project quality and quantity, how to implement the Joint ATCWG-HLPDAB Independent Assessment (2016), and revise the ATCWG Terms of Reference.
The next annual ATCWG meeting will take place in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, during APEC Food Security Week in August 2018.
ATCWG Strategic Plan (2015-2019): The Strategic Plan focuses on the following objectives:
- To improve agricultural production and distribution through increased use of the new tools of science and institutional innovations
- Strengthen human and institutional resource capacities in agriculture through education and training
- Improve environmental and natural resource management, infrastructure development related to food security and safety
- Strengthen agricultural information systems including their analysis and utilization; and
- To improve preparedness for natural disasters and cross border diseases
Projects implemented in 2017:
- Expert Consultation on Food Losses and Waste Reduction (M SCE 02 2013A, Chinese Taipei)
- Urbanization and Agricultural Modernization Development Conference in the Asia-Pacific Region (ATC 01 2017S, China Self-funded)
- Capacity Building Workshop on Food Losses and Waste Reduction for a sustainable APEC Food System (M SCE 02 2013A, Chinese Taipei)
- Conference on Mycotoxin Prevention and Control in Food and Feed Commodities in Asia -Pacific Region (ATC 01 2016A, China)
- Workshop on Food Security-Climate-Resource Nexus (ATC 02 2017S, China Self-funded)
- Workshop on Pathway Exploration on Agricultural Sustainable Development (ATC 03 2017S, China Self-funded)
- Workshop on Wildlife Rabies Management (ATC 04 2017S, Chinese Taipei Self-funded)
- APEC Symposium on Agricultural Science Data Sharing and Service (ATC 05 2017S, China Self-funded)
Activities for 2018:
Possible topics for the ATCWG 2018 work plan include climate resilience technology for the protected cultivation of horticultural crops, sustainable land management (SLM) for agriculture in response to climate change, agricultural activity to alleviate poverty for smallholder farmers, and the final phase of the MYP on food loss and waste reduction. Notable projects may include:
- Capacity Building on Management Technologies for climate smart rice cultivation in the South-East Asian and Latin American Rice Sector (Japan)
- Agro-biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Utilization Symposium in APEC Region (Malaysia)
- Workshop on Sharing Best Practices of Sustainable Land Management in the context of climate change (Thailand)
- Scientific Workshop on Cultivation Technology of Protected Horticultural Crops Resilience Global Warming (Thailand)
- Workshop on Agricultural Cost Accounting Development and Zoning Data Usage Management for Agriculturists (Thailand)
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Dr. GONG Xifeng
Director General of Department of International Cooperation
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
12 Zhongguancun South Street
Beijing 100081, China
Mr Pruthipong POONTHRIGOBOL