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China-ASEAN Food Security Cooperation and Exchange Conference was held in Nanning
On September 15, the China-ASEAN Food Security Cooperation and Exchange Conference were held in Nanning, Guangxi. At the meeting, representatives from the agricultural departments of ASEAN countries, embassies in China, the ASEAN Secretariat, and the municipal business and academic circles of nearly 20 provinces and regions in China gathered consensus to conduct online and offline exchanges around regional food security cooperation.
Mr. Ni Hongxing, a first-level inspector of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, said in his speech that global food security is facing serious challenges due to climate change, extreme weather, and the international situation. It is hoped that this exchange meeting will build a platform for policy communication and economic and trade docking between the public and private sectors, deeply exchange the potential and prospects of food security cooperation, and make positive contributions to promoting the sustainable development of agriculture and food security in the region.
Mr. Chen Jiannan, Deputy General Manager of Hunan Xuanye Ecological Agriculture Development Co., Ltd., delivered a keynote on strengthening regional cooperation - ensuring regional grain production and income increase.
At the meeting, Mr. Judy Carol Dansal, the head of the Philippine Food and Drug Administration, introduced the whole food industry and value chain system of the Philippines and the management experience of food security in the video. She said that international cooperation such as the ASEAN Food Security Reserve Committee, the 10+3 Rice Emergency Reserve Plan (APTERR), and the Rice Fund (RCEF) would help to ensure further the stability of the regional and international food supply system.
Slay Visey, General Director of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Cambodia, looks forward to further strengthening cooperation between ASEAN and China, making full use of the favorable opportunities such as the Silk Road Fund, the Cambodia-China Free Trade Agreement, and the entry into force of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) to jointly address the challenges of the epidemic, hunger, climate change, and poverty.
Mr. Slay Visey said that in the next decade, Cambodia would strengthen investment in agricultural infrastructure, promote trade facilitation, and increase the income level of small farmers to maintain the stability of the food supply system.
At the meeting, Chinese enterprise representatives also focused on China-ASEAN food security cooperation, sharing cooperation experience from various aspects of the industrial chain such as variety cultivation, agricultural inputs, production and processing, warehousing, and logistics, and discussing the views and suggestions of both sides to deepen cooperation in the field of food security. The exchange meeting was hosted by the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China and hosted by the Foreign Economic Cooperation Center of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China.