University of Adelaide economics and food policy experts are leading a push to develop effective policy and strategies for food security.
The University has been hosting a meeting in Medan, Indonesia, of delegates from developing economy members of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), debating one of the big questions of the decade: ‘how to feed the world?’
Organised together with Bogor Agricultural University, one of the University of Adelaide’s key partners in Indonesia, the meeting was sponsored by AusAid, the Australian Government’s overseas aid program.
Today delegates agreed a number of key recommendations to be reported to APEC officials and policymakers, including reference to nutrition, trade policy and value chains.
“It is important to break down the goal of food security into more specific objectives, and design policies and strategies for each one. In this way, we will get a better result.”
The meeting is part of the University’s growing program of work on food security and its outcomes are expected to have a significant impact. Presenters were drawn from the University’s extensive collaborator network of think tanks and research centres in East Asia.
Key recommendations include the value of focussing not just on the volume of food produced but also on its nutritional value. Delegates agreed that too many policies are based on a narrow view of food security, and end up supporting production of food which is now less valuable to consumers.