APEC agricultural ministers concluded the Second APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security in Kazan, Russia today by issuing the Kazan Declaration on APEC Food Security.

The Kazan Declaration, which was unanimously endorsed by APEC’s 21 member economies and takes into consideration input from the private sector and key international institutions, provides a comprehensive assessment of food security issues and developments and an updated framework for APEC and external stakeholders to cooperatively address them.

To strengthen food security, an APEC 2012 priority, the Kazan Declaration states that at the present stage it is necessary focus on:

  • Increasing agricultural production and productivity
  • Facilitating trade and developing food markets
  • Enhancing food safety and quality
  • Improving access to food for socially vulnerable groups of population
  • Ensuring sustainable ecosystems based management and combating Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and associated trade 

Ministers also took note of the progress made since their last meeting in Japan in 2010.

The Kazan Declaration on APEC Food Security is now available online.

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