Global Forum on Agriculture 2017 - Building Food Security and Managing Risk: A Focus on Southeast Asia
Paris, France | 3 May 2017
On 3 May, the annual Global Forum on Agriculture (GFA) took place, on the theme of Building Food Security and Managing Risk: A Focus on Southeast Asia. The event, which featured the release of a new book on this topic, drew over 120 participants representing 55 delegations, including seven Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and the ASEAN Secretariat.
Discussions focused on three food security-related aspects of co-operative work undertaken with ASEAN to date (those related to the medium and long-term modelling of agro-food markets and food security; the management of food insecurity risks; and sustainable agricultural productivity growth), with a discussion on the role of agro-food global value chains in food security and safety also featured.
Participants heard that current policies in the region are not helping to address food security at its root causes. The importance of regional integration, targeted social safety nets, open markets and investments in the agricultural enabling environment (in particular the agricultural innovation system) were underlined, and governments were encouraged to adopt a whole-of-government and consistent approach to the design of policies.
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Information for participants
The book Building Food Security and Managing Risk in Southeast Asia can be read here.
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