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APEC Builds Natural Disaster-Resilient Food Supplies


Member economies of the APEC have been taking drastic steps to curtail the impact of natural disasters that come as a result of the climate change. This call was necessary because of the effect of the recent flooding brought about by the Hurricane Harvey along the Gulf of Mexico.
 
The crisis management and agriculture officials from the section of the country have started making use of new preventive procedures during policy meetings in Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. It is also important that this region is the zone that has witnessed more than seventy percent of the world’s natural disasters and remains the highest producer and consumer of food in the world.
 
These measures are put in place to safeguard production of food items and the interest of supply chains that have provided employment opportunities for millions of individuals and a source of food for three billion persons across the Asia-Pacific. It also sought to assist producers with small resources and agricultural areas that are prone to the effects of natural disasters associated with climate change such as typhoons, drought, and hurricanes. 
 
In the words of Tran Quang Hoai, the Director General of Viet Nam’s Directorate of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, he observed that cross-cutting knowledge is required to provide practical solutions to the negative effects of natural disasters which are always posing a threat to the food security. He also calls for a robust public-private relationship in APEC to enhance technological resistance within the sector.
 
These representatives have been working tirelessly to assist farmers who are residents in areas that are highly prone to natural disasters. They have been working in collaboration with experts in the industry and civil society groups and introduced the agricultural producers to planting crops and planting procedures that can resist the impact of natural disasters in the case of an emergency.
 
These officials are also training individuals in the communities on the next step to take when there is a disaster so they can be fully prepared.
 
Kyoko Kondo who also doubles as the co-chair of the APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group noted that the purpose of APEC is to offer assistance to persons whose means of livelihood is in the agricultural business and liable to be adversely affected by the natural catastrophe socially and economically. Kyoko Kondo also added that the aging population is one of the factors that pose a threat to recovery in the rustic parts of the country.
 
According to Dr. Li Wei-Sen, the Executive Director of the APEC Emergency Preparedness Capacity Building Center, he said the purpose of APEC is to share planning tools and necessary knowledge that will help agricultural manufacturers in the area reduce the impact of the natural disaster. He also stressed that an agricultural producer who has a prior understanding of the risks and has created a feasible plan to tackle it will not lose much during a natural disaster.
 
APEC’s efforts to provide individuals in the area have been strengthened by the experiences from agricultural zones that have been affected by the natural disaster. APEC efforts comprise sanitation, crop and land management and other health factors. 
 
Stuart Brown of the World Vegetable Center, an agency that has maintained a relationship with APEC on the aspect of the implementation of measures said the resilience equation comprises the type of crops that must be planted and procedures of planting. He also stressed that the absence of knowledge of nutrition and health issues and support means would aggravate the impact of the natural disaster on individuals, employees and agricultural zones. APEC is protecting the interests of food supply chains in areas where they are valuable and susceptible to the impact of natural tragedies.
 
A meeting of the Senior Disaster Management officials from APEC economies scheduled in September 2017 which is aimed at charting a new course for the creation of procedures for improving the level of emergency alertness in the disaster-prone area.