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Food Security, Agricultural Efficiency and Regional Integration

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Food security remains a major concern among the APEC member economies. A simple and crude exercise shows that the region collectively could supply each member economy’s demands for rice, maize and wheat. Thus, there is a potential role for enhanced intra-APEC agricultural trade to address food security issues. However, economies may be reluctant to abandon a policy of pursuing self-sufficiency because of “political sensitivities†and because of the uncertainties that trade is sometimes associated with. While tariffs and subsidies have been addressed, nontrade barriers such as sanitary and phyto-sanitary conditions are imposed on agricultural commodities. Hence, regional cooperation must also be pursued along other grounds such as institutional support and the dissemination of technological advancements. In addition, a collective definition of food security must be answered by the 21 member economies.

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  • Bello, Amelia L., 2004. "Food Security, Agricultural Efficiency and Regional Integration," Discussion Papers DP 2004-38, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
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