Author: Leonard T. Pineda I
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ILOILO CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA6) -- - The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) continues to advance the growing role of the private sector in ensuring food security in the Asia Pacific region.
Atty. Asis Perez, Chair of the Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) and Director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Philippines, said that there is a need for wider participation of the private sector in agriculture and fisheries.
“It is high time that we recognized their importance in terms of promoting trade, market access, and investments along the food value chain, guided by public policies, laws, regulations,” he said.
He emphasized the vitality of a shared common vision for food security wherein both the public and private sectors are in convergence, playing significant and complementary roles.
“Food security issues are complex. It requires concerted effort, enhanced collaboration and partnership among all stakeholders,” he said.