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Manila forum: Strengthen food security
On the closing plenary of Grow Asia Agriculture Forum Wednesday, Kakabadse said food security is now an urgent issue not only in East Asia but globally as well.
“Given the unprecedented growth of human population and stress on our one and only planet, we must find a way to produce more food in the next forty years than we have produced for the last thousand years,” she explained.
Kakabadse mentioned three areas in which the region should focus.
First, East Asian countries must give attention to wasted food.
She cited an international study that 43 percent of packed foods in the world go to waste.
Kakabadse: “Too much of the food we produced is wasted and we need to manage it.”
“The second is distribution. Better production system will not solve the problem we face unless they are supported by better distribution system,” Kakabadse said citing the second area that East Asia must look into.
Third, East Asian countries should manage inputs.
“There is immense competition for key resources like land and water. Without the efficient use underpinned with good planning and equitable governance of these resources, we will be solving one problem while creating more aggravating problems,” she noted.