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Saturday, February 23, 2019

ODEPA Director speaks at APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security Meeting

As part of APEC 2019, María Emilia Undurraga, Director of Chile’s Office of Agrarian Studies and Policies (Oficina de Estudios y Políticas Agrarias , ODEPA), spoke about: “Rural development as a space of opportunities for economies".

Ms. Undurraga highlighted that the food industry faces great challenges: rural areas need to be strengthened in order to cope with population growth of more than 30% by 2050 and furthermore projected future income needs to be improved. The Director of ODEPA emphasized that in order to address these challenges, the paradigm of rurality must move towards a vision that values all local assets, territorial integration and the conservation of the cultural and natural heritage inherent to these areas. “This is the direction that Chile is taking through the implementation of the Rural Development Policy. Many economies around the world are doing this to improve the quality of life of all their inhabitants," said the director.

Another ODEPA professional, Josefina Montero, spoke about a project to be developed in June to strengthen rural-urban links as a contribution to food security in the Asia-Pacific region. She stressed that "it is important for Chile to promote collaboration between APEC economies and the exchange of knowledge related to the development of rural areas and their contribution to food security."

Adolfo Ochagavía led the APEC's Policy Partnership on Food Security Meeting (PPFS), in his capacity as PPFS Chair (Chile).

Source: Comunicaciones Odepa