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APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security

1. Global food security stands at a crossroads. The world’s population is expected to reach 9.1billion by 2050,and food production will have to increase by 70percent to feed them. 

While the APEC’s member economies have reduced the region’s undernourished people by 24 percent between 1990 and 2006, more remains to be done with about one quarter of the world’s undernourished people residing in the region. APEC economies are vulnerable to food security risks throughout the food chain as exemplified by a number of protests and riots that occurred during the food spike in 2007-2008. The region is frequently exposed to natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, floods and droughts that disrupt food supply, damage the food production base, disrupt livelihoods, displace people and reduce access to food. APEC is, however, well placed to help improve regional and global food security, with its members accounting for half of world grain production and including major exporters and importers of agricultural products.

Japan is the Chair of APEC 2010, and we will host the first APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security.

 

2. Date: 16-17October 2010

15 October Welcome Reception

16 October Ministerial Meeting

Official Dinner

17 October Ministerial Meeting

Joint Press Conference

Fields Trip

 

3. Venue:  Toki Messe, Niigata Convention Center, Niigata City, Japan

 

4. Participants: APEC Member Economies and International Organizations

*APEC has 21 members, which are referred to as "Member Economies"

 

<APEC's 21 Member Economies>

Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; People's Republic of China; Hong Kong; China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; The Republic of the Philippines; The Russian Federation; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States of America; Viet Nam.

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