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Agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries and their possiblecontribution to food security








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    Summary Report of the FAO International Symposium on "The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition
    15-17 February 2016, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
    2016
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    The objective of the symposium was to explore the application of biotechnologies for the benefit of family farmers in developing sustainable food systems and improving nutrition in the context of unprecedented challenges, including climate change. The symposium successfully broadened the discussions beyond the narrow and polarised debate on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) which is hindering the development and use of the full range of biotechnologies.The symposium highlighted numerous exam ples of the successful application of agricultural biotechnologies that meet the needs of family farmers in the crop, forestry, fishery and livestock sectors. The importance of building awareness and communication on agricultural biotechnologies was a common theme throughout the symposium as was the view that all stakeholders, including smallholders and family farmers, should be engaged in this process.
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    International Symposium on "The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition
    15-17 February 2016, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
    2015
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    The objective of the symposium was to explore the application of biotechnologies for the benefit of family farmers in developing sustainable food systems and improving nutrition in the context of unprecedented challenges, including climate change. The symposium successfully broadened the discussions beyond the narrow and polarised debate on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) which is hindering the development and use of the full range of biotechnologies.The symposium highlighted numerous exam ples of the successful application of agricultural biotechnologies that meet the needs of family farmers in the crop, forestry, fishery and livestock sectors. The importance of building awareness and communication on agricultural biotechnologies was a common theme throughout the symposium as was the view that all stakeholders, including smallholders and family farmers, should be engaged in this process.
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    An FAO e-mail conference on GMOs in the pipeline in developing countries: The moderator's summary 2012
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    moderated e-mail conference on "GMOs in the pipeline: Looking to the next five years in the crop, forestry, livestock, aquaculture and agro-industry sectors in developing countries". A total of 770 people subscribed to the conference and, of these, 59 (i.e. 8%) submitted at least one message. Of the 109 messages that were posted, 36% came from people living in Asia; 26% from Europe; 24% from North America; 10% from Latin America and the Caribbean; and 5% from Africa. The messages came from peo ple living in 24 different countries. The greatest number were from people living in India (31 messages), followed by the United States (25); United Kingdom (eight); Belgium, Brazil, the Netherlands, Peru, Spain and Switzerland (four messages each); and Iran and Nigeria (three messages each). A total of 55 messages (i.e. 50%) were posted by people living in developing countries. Regarding their workplace, 30% of messages came from people working in universities; 18% from participants in non-gove rnmental organizations; 17% from people in research centres; 12% from people in the private sector; 11% from people working as independent consultants; and 8% and 2% from people in Governments and FAO respectively. This document summarizes the main issues that were discussed by participants during the four weeks of the conference. It was the 18th e-mail conference hosted by the FAO Biotechnology Forum since its launch in the year 2000. FAO traditionally uses a broad definition of biotechnology , so that the term encompasses a large number of technologies that are used for different purposes in crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, and agro-industry. One of these biotechnologies is genetic modification and, unlike the other biotechnologies, there has been considerable controversy and debate about its current and potential benefits and implications.

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