APEC workshop: Services and the Food System
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) hosted virtual workshops in 2021 with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Watch workshop videos and read documents and reports produced from the Services and the Food System workshop.
APEC is an inter-governmental forum of 21 member economies located in the Pacific Rim. Its focus is on supporting and enabling trade that is inclusive and sustainable.
APEC consists of over 80 different working groups and fora, each focused on different sets of issues. MPI is the lead New Zealand agency for 7 of these groups, as they pertain to food, agriculture, or oceans and fisheries.
During New Zealand’s host year, MPI held a series of APEC workshops and webinars. The goal of these workshops was to share knowledge and build capacity between public and private sector delegates across the APEC Region, as well as brainstorm ideas for the new APEC Food Security Roadmap Towards 2030.
The Services and the Food System workshop
MPI hosted the Services and the Food System workshop under the Policy Partnership on Food Security forum 13 to 16 April 2021.
The main objectives of the workshop were to:
- heighten awareness of barriers and issues impacting services along the food value chain
- generate a series of recommendations that may inform future policy development in this area.
The workshop was conducted over 4 days, with 18 speakers. Themes covered include:
- COVID-19 impacts on the food system and services
- supply chain and product integrity
- regulatory barriers and issues
- traceability and the food chain
- food system services policy settings
- sustainability and services
- marketing, education, and training services
- crisis management.
Watch the workshop
Shamubeel Eaqub is an well-known and skilled economist who puts economics into plain language. In this presentation, Shamubeel explores some of the immediate economic impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our regional food system across the Asia-Pacific, as well as lessons learned from this shock, and a forward-looking view as to how we can “build back better”.
Services and the food system – APEC presentation [PDF, 743 KB]
COVID-19 impacts on food systems – Chinese Taipei case study
Dr Ching-Cheng (Emily) Chang
Dr Emily Chang is an academic expert in agricultural economics from Chinese Taipei (Taiwan). Her presentation describes the experience and response of Chinese Taipei to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and in particular using case studies to show how this has impacted the provision of and access to a range of services across the food value chain, both domestically and globally.
New Zealand supply chain integrity
Dr Garry Udy
Dr Garry Udy is a specialist advisor in the international relations team at MPI. In this role, he leads various cooperation programmes specialising in supply chain and value chain integrity, dairy production, and agriculture capability and developments in New Zealand and in other economies. Garry’s presentation provides an overview of New Zealand’s agricultural system and the various integrities that operate within it to ensure its success.
New Zealand supply chain integrity – APEC presentation [PDF, 606 KB]
Protecting and enhancing our natural resources
Dr Meika Foster
Dr Meika Foster is a nutrition scientist with a background in law. She is the founding director of Edible Research Ltd, which provides translational research services in food and nutrition science to the food and beverage industry, the science sector, and Government. Meika is also the principal science advisor to AuOra, the health and wellness unit of Wakatū Incorporation.
Meika’s presentation provides an overview of the Wakatū model and AuOra, including some of their guiding principles and ways they work to incorporate traditional knowledge systems and Western science, as well as protecting and enhancing New Zealand’s taonga (a treasured possession in Māori culture, both tangible and intangible).
Improving services in the food system using illustrative case studies from the horticulture sector (Mexico and Indonesia)
Japnit Singh is the Deputy CEO for Spire Research and Consulting, a Singaporean-based firm specialising in holistic research projects on global markets. In 2019, Spire was contracted by APEC to conduct case study research on regulatory barriers toward accessing services in the food system in two APEC economies (Mexico and Indonesia). Here, Japnit presents the key findings of that report.
Food cold chain and traceability
Mark Mitchell is chairman of the SuperCool Group of Companies which operate in all areas of the cold chain, including global mobile air-conditioning equipment, transport refrigeration, compressor design and manufacture, and refrigeration tools and equipment. He is also the chairman of the Australian Food Cold Chain Council.
Mark’s presentation discusses various challenges in cold chain logistics across the Asia-Pacific, opportunities to address these, and the major implications such as food loss and waste that will continue to occur if we fail to “go hard and go early on cold chain”.
Food cold chain and traceability – APEC presentation [PDF, 8.1 MB]
How better policies for food systems can build food supply resilience
Dr Lee Ann Jackson
Dr Lee Ann Jackson is the head of the agro-food trade and markets division in the trade and agriculture directorate (TAD) at the OECD. In this presentation she speaks about some of the key recommendations for making better policies for food systems recently released by the OECD, and their applicability to APEC economies.
Sustainability in services across the food value chain
Daniela Acuña is the sustainable production officer at the Department of Sustainability and Climate Change, Bureau of Agricultural Studies and Policies within the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture.
Daniela’s presentation looks at the necessity for both governments and private sector companies to ensure sustainability in their services offered across food value chains both through existing and innovative examples of how to achieve this.
Development of China's digitised food trade platform
Bi Yichen is an analyst with the National Grain Trade Centre of China, which comprises a central coordination centre for provincial grain trade centres and trade financing within China. Bi’s presentation discusses the establishment the National Grain Electronic Trading Platform, as well as reforms to financing services in China, and the benefits these have had for grain traders (particularly smallholders) in China.
Insights from a digital, strategic, and branding agency
Mark Tanner is the founder and managing director of Shanghai-based China Skinny, one of China’s best-known marketing and strategy agencies. In this presentation, Mark talks about his experiences and understanding of how China has grown to be one of the world’s most sought after markets, and what the future direction of operating in China in an online/digital economy may look like.
Education and training in the food value chain
Paul Hollings has recently been appointed as the inaugural general manager of New Zealand’s Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE), a learner-focused, industry-led, and government-enabled initiative aiming to support the growth of excellent vocational education in the food and fibre sectors. Paul’s presentation explores the importance of training people in all things food systems if we are to ensure an ongoing food supply for years to come, as well as some of the key issues being faced with regard to labour in the primary sector in the wake of current challenges.
Indigenous perspectives on regulatory barriers to success
Dr Meika Foster, Emily McAuley, Marco Ñanculeo
This panel discussion aims to explore some of the key barriers faced by indigenous communities in accessing critical services across the food system throughout APEC economies.
Lead by Keri Iti (MPI's international Māori agribusiness program manager), the panel captures the insights from 3 indigenous representatives from New Zealand, Canada, and Chile:
- Dr Meika Foster – Founding director, Edible Research Ltd
- Emily McAuley – Director, Indigenous Science Liaison Office and the Interdepartmental Indigenous Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (I-STEM) Cluster, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Marco Ñanculeo – Regional area professional (La Araucanía Region), Technical Cooperation Service (SERCOTEC)
Integrity in product traceability
Valentina Tripp is currently CEO of Davey Water, leading the transformation and growth of Australia’s largest industrial pump manufacturer into a leader in water solutions. Valentina has a strong interest in ethical and sustainable global food supply chains, serving with Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand as non-executive chair, Fairtrade International (Germany), and currently non-executive director with Marine Stewardship Council Board International (UK).
Her presentation discusses the importance of transparency and validity in product claims across the APEC and global food systems, and the potential market opportunities that uniformity in approach could have for APEC economies.
Crisis management of PSA virus outbreak
Peter McBride is a member of the Zespri China Advisory Board and was previously the chairman and a director of Zespri Group Limited and other related companies. He is the current chair of Fonterra.
In this presentation, Peter talks with MC Pat English about his experience dealing with the PSA virus (a bacteria that can result in the death of kiwifruit vines and was found in New Zealand in 2010) outbreak in the kiwifruit industry, including the different mechanisms and services deployed in this process to help the industry and in particular the people move through this crisis.
OECD documents on policy setting
Find OECD policy responses relating to Dr Lee Ann Jackson's presentation on policy settings for building resilent food systems:
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