Press Release

APEC economies support PNG's move to promote women in agriculture and fisheries

08/03/2018

A number of APEC economies have supported Papua New Guinea's initiative for policy dialogue on promoting women in agriculture and fisheries.

A number of APEC economies have supported Papua New Guinea's initiative for policy dialogue on promoting women in agriculture and fisheries.

PNG made a presentation at the Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) meeting requesting for assessment of opportunities, challenges and constraints for women participation in sustainable agriculture and fisheries for food security and revenue generation.

PNG presented this information paper as a new initiative in PPFS and APEC, specifically in relation to the agriculture and fisheries sector and food security. APEC has long recognized the potential that women can contribute to economic growth in the region, as well as the barriers and challenges that impeded women to meaningfully participate in various sectors.

PNG is now proposing that a sector-specific approach to gender inclusion is critical to addressing specific barriers that often disadvantage women. Therefore, APEC women in agriculture and fisheries should be given some attention given the pivotal role of women in the food system in ensuring food security.

The objectives included a proposal for a dialogue on women in agriculture and fisheries during Food Security Week in August 2018 during the third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3) aimed at demonstrating the centrality of women in agriculture and fisheries in ensuring food security, identifying gender related constraints along the food value chain, and identifying sector specific actions to further enhance work on the PPWE pillars.

Delegates from Republic of Korea, Chinese Taipei, United States, Philippines, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand and Chile commended PNG on the initiative and indicated their further dialogue and discussions on how they can offer advice and assistance to PNG.

Chinese Taipei appreciated the PNG proposal for inclusive and quality growth and is willing to help Economies to introduce various training programs including agriculture technology, innovation and management etc… for women empowerment in the rural areas.

Korea shared their experiences on women development programs and policy. The Korean government establishes basic plans to empower women farmers and so wishes to share best practices to help economies and to contribute to the PNG initiative. The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) further suggested moving forward from this paper and that the proposal is presented in the Women in Business forum in September. This would be an opportunity for delivery of agriculture as a business.