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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Workshop 2021



Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Workshop 2021: Sustainable Rural Development and Human Development enhanced by informatization under the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the 5th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Conference, there was a push for the promotion of an integrated, intelligent and sustainable food system which would  contribute to rural development and human development.  Moreover,  reports of the APEC vision team in 2019 and 2020 indicated climate change and other crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic along with unsustainable development pose a threat to the long-term prosperity of global food security. 

Moreover, development and resilience are impeded by inequality within economies, and is largely reflected in vulnerable groups and regions, this inspired the Center for International Agricultural Research (CIAR) of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) to  host the APEC workshop on ‘Sustainable Rural Development and Human Development enhanced by informatization under the COVID-19 pandemic’ (ATC 03 2021 S) which was held in hybrid form on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2021. 

The workshop reviewed the state of the food system, food value chain development, challenges, and potential solutions under the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, recognising  the importance of food security, and the role of informatization as well as women and youth empowerment through capacity building in addressing these challenges. Experts and other participants analyzed the mechanism and impact of informatization in maintaining a sustainable food system under the pandemic and we were delighted to be invited and speak about YPARD’s Actions in Youth Leadership Development. Further, the workshop shared best  practices focused on women empowerment and youth capacity building with information technology innovation to achieve inclusive participation for food value chain development and human development.

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