Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS)

A partnership towards the goals of food security


Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) will play a significant role in identifying the key challenges in improving food security in the APEC region, and in recommending appropriate policy initiatives going forward.

The long term goal of the PPFS shall be the attainment of a food system structure by 2020 sufficient to provide lasting food security to APEC member economies.  The PPFS should look to further define the elements of a food system structure as part of its objectives.

It is emphasized that, APEC’s approach to food security must reflect member economies’ commitment to facilitation of investment, trade and markets and sustainable development of the agricultural sector as outlined in the Niigata Declaration on Food Security.

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Key Documents
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Beijing Declaration on APEC Food Security

APEC Food Security Roadmap Towards 2020 (2014)

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Private Sector Representatives

Each APEC member government may nominate private sector representatives to sit on the PPFS for an initial period of three years.

ABAC may also nominate private sector representatives, who shall be endorsed by SOM in consultation with ABAC.  Private sector participants may represent agrifood-related industry bodies, farmers’ groups or individual companies and should strive to see that their views represent consensus within the industry.  

The private sector representatives to the PPFS will nominate a principal advisor to serve as a vice chair along with the government representatives in the PPFS management council.  The selection process for the principal advisor will be an open and transparent process, conducted by ABAC and approved by APEC Senior Officials. 


The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) has been engaged in food security efforts since 1999 when APEC Leaders endorsed a plan for a unified APEC Food System. 

In 2009, ABAC issued a strategic framework for food security which among its recommendations called for the establishment of an ongoing mechanism at a high level to ensure the policy and technical cooperation necessary to achieve an integrated food system. This mechanism should include direct input and participation from the private and research sectors, as well as the public sector in the form of a formal, institutionalized “Food Dialogue.”  This laid the foundation for the creation of a Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) three years later.

In 2010, APEC Ministers Responsible for Food Security agreed to consult with relevant stakeholders and instructed Senior Officials to integrate ABAC into APEC's food security efforts in a more substantive manner.

In 2011, APEC Senior Officials agreed to create a Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS).

In February 2012, PPFS was established, and the 1st PPFS Management Council Meeting was held in Moscow, Russia. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Sergey Aleksashenko from the Russian Federation.  The three Vice-Chairs were Mr. Bradley Fenwick from USA, Dr. Haryono from Indonesia, and Mr. David Dodwell from ABAC (also the Executive Director of the HK-APEC Trade Policy Group).  Government and private sector representatives from APEC member economies also attended the meeting. The the blue print of the work of the PPFS were discussed and endorsed in APEC Senior Officials Meetings in May and the APEC Leaders’ Meeting in September 2012.

Mr Frank Ning Gao Ning, one of China’s three ABAC Members and head of China’s food giant COFCO is nominated to act as one of the three vice chairs of the PPFS, and to drive the coordination of business input from the APEC region.

In 2014, ABAC recommends APEC to:

  • adopt mechanisms for knowlege sharing and technical cooperation, and identify and eliminate barriers that limit public-private cooperation;
  • focus on establishing polciies and regulatory regimes that liberalize and encourage investment flows, promote public-private sector input into government decision-making to maximize productivity and improve regional supply chain connecvtivity;
  • continue to resist protectionism in all its forms, eliminate trade-distorting policies, remove non-tariff barriers, and establish internationally recognized, science-based standards across region. 

ABAC has a a long history ofchampioning for the establishment of PPFS. In the years ahead, ABAC members and the private sector will continue to engage in the work of PPFS towards the goals of food security in the APEC region.

Latest PPFS documents



Hong Kong Representatives to PPFS







Ms Anna Lin (bio)
Chief Executive, GS1 Hong Kong