Press Release

Food Security vital for economic growth

06/08/2018

The priority of the Policy Partnership in Food Security this year is to focus on food security in the Agriculture and Fisheries sector, Climate Change and gender inclusion PNG through the Department of Agriculture and Livestock has three priorities.

The priority of the Policy Partnership in Food Security this year is to focus on food security in the Agriculture and Fisheries sector, Climate Change and gender inclusion PNG through the Department of Agriculture and Livestock has three priorities.

  1. Enhancing Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture through the use of ICT in response to Climate Change

  2. Promoting Women in Agriculture and Fisheries

  3. Sustainable Fisheries Management and Development

Three focus areas under priority 2 are:

a. food Security in Agriculture and fisheries sectors b. Inclusive and sustainable Resource development c. gender inclusivity.

PPFS Chair Francis Daink says in terms of food security, the aim is to promote sustainable production of agricultural and fisheries products, improve food security, food safety and nutrition, increase trade in agricultural and fisheries products, promote investment in infrastructure and reduce food loss and waste.

An underlying issue within the region that remains one of the biggest threats to food systems is climate change.

“Due to the high vulnerability to natural disasters, like earthquakes, typhoons, tsunami’s, floods and droughts, we must strongly promote Climate-Smart resilient food systems that can sustainability increase productivity for income and adapt and mitigate climate to ensure that food supply chains area not disrupted.

“Any disruptions to food supply chain in the APEC region has the potential cause to global insecurity due to the fact that APEC region contributes 50% of global food production,” Mr Daink said.

He is adamant that the PPFS also plays a strong role in promoting women participation in agriculture and fisheries sectors.

“It allows us to enhance women’s economic empowerment which will result in increased revenue and improve food security and nutrition in the APEC region,” Mr Daink added.

He stressed that empowering women in APEC especially developing economies is very important for economic development.

“PNG has initiated this priority to address the gender gap for women to have access to resources available to encourage effective women participation in the agriculture and fisheries sectors in the APEC," Mr Daink said.