Essentially, phase I is to provide a broader understanding of food losses and to identify critical issues and challenges.
Phase II will be built on the solid foundation of phase I and focuses on different kinds of food losses and wastes from fruit and vegetables, fishery and livestock products and food waste from households, restaurants and supermarkets.
Phase III will synthesize the progress made over the period of the project’s implementation and finalize the project outputs, such as a consolidated methodology of APEC food losses assessment, toolkit and dataset.
Most importantly, a high-level policy dialogue meeting will be held in Taipei to set the follow-up strategies and ongoing action plans needed to reduce food losses, which will help to achieve the final goal of food security.
Overall, this remarkable achievement made by Taiwan shows an innovation and passion that deserves more attention and credit.
First, it shows that while Taiwan has been excluded by most international organizations, it still has a robust capacity and the expertise to create a well-designed project, convincing enough to draw support from other countries.
Second, this case also demonstrates that with a clear objective, profound strategies and unwavering determination, the nation can make a global difference while both enhancing the nation’s role in the international community and also maximizing national interests.
Finally, it enlightens us that a small state can still assume leadership on the global issues.
As long as it uses its strengths wisely on the right topic, a small state, such as Taiwan, can take a lead on the world stage and make an indispensable contribution to the global society.
Eric Chiou is an associate research fellow in the Chinese Taipei APEC Study Center of Taiwan Institute of Economic Research.