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 programmes in these areas is now a core ATCWG activity.

The ATCWG is composed of government officials and experts from academia.

Last page update: May 2017

Current Activities

The latest APEC Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group meeting (ATCWG 20), which took place on 21-22 September 2016 during APEC Food Security Week in Piura, Peru, endorsed a revised ATCWG Strategic Plan for 2015-2019 and the annual Work Plan. Delegates also deliberated on project outcomes during the past year and engaged in discussions about the importance of agricultural science, technology and innovation, and of the role of the ATCWG in promoting regional and global food security.

The next annual ATCWG meeting will take place in the city of Can Tho, Viet Nam, during APEC Food Security Week in August 2017.

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.

Activities for 2017: ATCWG will conduct activities in response to APEC priorities aimed at implementing the Piura Declaration on Food Security, promote agricultural information sharing and cooperation in the region with regard to agricultural technology, and strengthen communications and capacity building in agricultural technology. Notable projects will include:

  1. The Expert Consultation on Food Losses and Waste Reduction (June);
  2. Urbanization and Agricultural Modernization Development Conference in APEC (June);
  3. Advanced Capacity Building Workshop for Mycotoxin Prevention and Control in Food and Feed Commodities in APEC (August/October); and
  4. The Capacity Building Workshop on Food Losses and Waste Reduction for a sustainable APEC Food System (August)

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Agricultural Technical Cooperation

The ATCWG provides strong technical expertise to related APEC fora. The working group provides recommendations to the APEC Ministerial Meetings on Food Security.



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25 - 26 Oct

Advanced Capacity Building for Mycotoxin Prevention and Control in Food and Feed Commodities in Asia-Pacific

Beijing, China
28 - 29 Oct

Workshop on Food Security-Climate-Resource Nexus

Beijing, China
31 Oct - 01 Nov

Workshop on Pathway Exploration on Agricultural Sustainable Development

Tianjin, China
13 - 17 Nov

2017 Wildlife Rabies Workshop

Taipei, Chinese Taipei

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GONG Xifeng

Lead Shepherd of ATCWG
Director General of Department of International Cooperation
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
12 Zhongguancun South Street
Beijing 100081, China,


Program Director