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Strategic Framework for Food Security in APEC

Food Security Strategic Framework publication

Food security is key to ensuring social and economic stability for all economies. More than two-thirds of APEC's food trade occurs between member economies, and nearly all 21 member economies are both importers and exporters. Increased cooperation is thus an essential precondition for greater food security.

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Further Information

For further information on the National Center for APEC's work on food security, please contact Barbara Hazzard.


Analysts estimate that the global population will reach 9.1 billion by 2050. To feed this growing populace, experts predict that food production will need to rise by 70 percent from current levels.

As the demand for food production grows, food security will become an even greater priority to policymakers. Food security is already critical to ensuring social and economic stability in all economies; with greater demand, the issues will take even higher precedence in the years ahead.

Today, more than two-thirds of APEC's food trade occurs between member economies, and nearly all 21 economies import and export food and agriculture goods. Given the interdependence of APEC economies, it is essential that policymakers work together to promote greater cooperation on food security concerns. 

Coordinating U.S. Private Sector Priorities and Advocating for Food Security

  • APEC 2nd Food Security Ministerial

    NCAPEC Members ADM, Cargill, Abbott, Walmart and PwC participate in the July 2016 AP-FIF meeting in Shenzhen, China. In order to strengthen the private sector’s perspective into the PPFS and broader food-trade-related workstreams in APEC and beyond the Asia Pacific Food Industry Forum (AP-FIF) was created in 2015.

The National Center for APEC (NCAPEC) has played a leading role on food security issues within APEC. NCAPEC led the APEC Business Advisory Council’s (ABAC) efforts to advocate for a new high level forum to discuss food security issues in the region. As a result of those efforts, APEC Senior Officials established the APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) in 2011. The inaugural PPFS meeting was held in May 2012, and included representatives from APEC governments and the private sector. Since its launch, the PPFS has developed multiple initiatives aimed at establishing a region-wide food system structure to strengthen food security in APEC. 

Collaborating with U.S. Government officials, International institutions, and APEC Officials

NCAPEC engages with Department of State officials to convey private sector priorities and identify opportunities for public-private cooperation on food security issues.  NCAPEC also works with other US government agencies including USTR, the Department of Agriculture, and USAID to convey private sector priorities.

As Secretariat for the U.S. PPFS members, NCAPEC closely monitors and engages with multilateral organizations which focus on food security, such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and many others.

  • APEC 2nd Food Security Ministerial

    Andres Cabrerizo, Cargill; Carlos Madrid, Dow Agro Chemical; and Alfredo Miguel, John Deere all participated in the 2016 APEC Food Security Ministerial.

Advancing U.S. Business Priorities in the APEC Business Advisory Council

NCAPEC acts as the Secretariat for the three U.S. executives appointed by the U.S. government to serve on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). ABAC is the formal mechanism used by the private sector to convey priorities, contribute insights, and deliver policy recommendations to APEC officials.

NCAPEC works with ABAC's Sustainable Development Working Group to develop food security initiatives and policy recommendations that reflect U.S. private sector interests. ABAC recommendations are put forward to food ministers, trade ministers, and leaders in the form of annual reports and letters. In 2016 ABAC commissioned the University of California’s Marshall School of Business to conduct a study examining the impact of non-tariff measures on food trade.  The report concluded that non-tariff measures, including non-tariff barriers (NTBs), are increasing in prominence and complexity. NTBs include opaque rules, arbitrary standards that are not based in science, and customs and other import procedures that are slow, costly and excessive. The research showed that these barriers can raise food prices, undermine food quality, impact on food availability and impose extra burdens on small businesses. The full report can be read here.