Policy Workshop on Food Security and Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia (16 – 18 January 2018)
The Policy Workshop on Food Security and Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia was held from 16 to 18 January 2018 at the AETAS Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. This event was organised under the partnership of the Asian Development Bank Institute, ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) and the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Secretariat for analysing regional cooperation for food security including the role of international organisations in overcoming food emergency and protecting food supply chain during socio-economic crises.
On 17 January 2018, Mr. Chanpithya Shimphalee, the APTERR General Manager, delivered a presentation on ‘What is APTERR and how APTERR is working in times of food emergency?’ along with achievements on emergency rice releases for APTERR member countries affected by disasters and for poverty alleviation under Tier 3 Programme. Afterwards, there were discussions on APTERR stocks, programme implementation, contribution of in-kind stocks, cooperation with national government agencies and management of APTERR Funds as well as the roles of the AFSIS for supporting Asian food security by agricultural statistical systems.
Food stockpiling at both regional and national levels has gained increasing roles for coping with a supply shortage risk and for reducing necessity of export restrictions which was the major cause of world food price spike in 2008/09. Country experiences for achieving national food security and disaster risk reduction were also presented and discussed among participants from the ASEAN and southern Asian countries.