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    Rapport sur les résultats de la réunion régionale de la FAO sur les biotechnologies agricoles dans les systèmes alimentaires durables et la nutrition dans la région Asie et Pacifique 2018
    The FAO Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Asia-Pacific was held from 11 to 13 September 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as a follow-up to the 2016 FAO International Symposium on “The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition”. The purpose of the regional meeting was to engage a broad range of stakeholders in the dialogue on the role and application of agricultural biotechnologies to improve food security and nutrition and make food systems more sustainable in the Asia-Pacific region. The meeting highlighted that a wide range of low- to high-tech agricultural biotechnologies are currently being used in the crop, forestry, livestock and fishery sectors to ensure food and nutrition security and to enhance adaptation and resilience of the agriculture sector to climate change in the Asia-Pacific region. It also underlined that one of the key constraints in the development and application of agricultural biotechnologies in the region is lack of investments. The meeting further noted the large gap among countries in the region regarding the application, capacities and the enabling environment for agricultural biotechnologies, and called for countries and other relevant stakeholders to foster and strengthen partnerships, in particular through South-South Cooperation, public-private-partnerships, networking and other mechanisms, to increase investments and strengthen science and innovation cooperation so that the needs of smallholders in the region can be met. The outcomes of the deliberations have been captured and summarized in this information note.
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    Report of the FAO Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Asia-Pacific, 11-13 September 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2018
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    This document contains a brief report of the FAO Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Asia-Pacific held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 11–13 September 2017. During the meeting FAO engaged a broad range of stakeholders from government officials and intergovernmental organizations to non-state actors, including civil society, private sector, research/academic institutions and cooperative/producer organizations in the dialogue on issues related to agricultural biotechnologies. The meeting underlined that a wide range of agricultural biotechnologies are currently being used in the region – from those that are low-tech and have been used for hundreds of years to those that are high-tech and newly developed. The meeting encompassed a wide spectrum of available biotechnologies used in forestry, crops, livestock and aquaculture/fisheries, from low- to high-tech. The meeting report emphasizes the role of agricultural biotechnologies to improve food security and nutrition and make food systems more sustainable in the Asia-Pacific region. The report provides a summary of discussions on issues concerning agricultural biotechnologies in the Asia-Pacific region, including investments; dissemination, adoption and use of biotechnologies and their social and economic impacts; regional innovation opportunities; regulation, policies and intellectual property rights; genetic resources for food and agriculture; nutrition; climate change and South-South Cooperation. It is also includes recommendations and possible follow-up actions for FAO and its member countries.
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    Student interactive session: Bringing fresh perspectives. Chapter Six of the Proceedings of the FAO International Symposium on the Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition 2016
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    Chapter 6 contains the Report of outcomes from the student session. The session started with key messages from the five panelists. The students, in turn, presented their statements and posed a wide range of questions to the panelists. The student community wants to be part of the dialogue in the decision-making processes. Biotechnology has to be better integrated and linked with other topics and issues related to food and agriculture. Students emphasized that participation of farmers and inclu sion of smallholders in policy processes is essential to be able to transfer biotechnologies for their needs. The student community is both hopeful and concerned about the role of biotechnologies and the state of food and agriculture and its impact on small farmers. They are aware of the new technologies, the vast new potential and the rapid advances that are being made. But will it translate into a better future? Will it make the world better? These are the larger questions that merit our refle ction. The FAO international symposium on “The role of agricultural biotechnologies in sustainable food systems and nutrition” took place from 15 to 17 February 2016 at FAO headquarters, Rome. Over 400 people attended, including 230 delegates from 75 member countries and the European Union, as well as representatives of intergovernmental organizations, private sector entities, civil society organizations, academia/research organizations and producer organizations/cooperatives. The symposium encompassed the crop, livestock, forestry and fishery sectors and was organized around three main themes: i) climate change; ii) sustainable food systems and nutrition; and iii) people, policies, institutions and communities. The proceedings provide the main highlights of the symposium which covered a broad range of biotechnologies, from low-tech approaches such as those involving use of microbial fermentation processes, biofertilizers, biopesticides and artificial insemination, to high-tech ap proaches such as those involving advanced DNA-based methodologies and genetically modified organisms.

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    For more information, visit the webpage http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/agribiotechs-symposium/en/.
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    Rapport sur les résultats de la réunion régionale de la FAO sur les biotechnologies agricoles dans les systèmes alimentaires durables et la nutrition dans la région Asie et Pacifique 2018
    The FAO Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Asia-Pacific was held from 11 to 13 September 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as a follow-up to the 2016 FAO International Symposium on “The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition”. The purpose of the regional meeting was to engage a broad range of stakeholders in the dialogue on the role and application of agricultural biotechnologies to improve food security and nutrition and make food systems more sustainable in the Asia-Pacific region. The meeting highlighted that a wide range of low- to high-tech agricultural biotechnologies are currently being used in the crop, forestry, livestock and fishery sectors to ensure food and nutrition security and to enhance adaptation and resilience of the agriculture sector to climate change in the Asia-Pacific region. It also underlined that one of the key constraints in the development and application of agricultural biotechnologies in the region is lack of investments. The meeting further noted the large gap among countries in the region regarding the application, capacities and the enabling environment for agricultural biotechnologies, and called for countries and other relevant stakeholders to foster and strengthen partnerships, in particular through South-South Cooperation, public-private-partnerships, networking and other mechanisms, to increase investments and strengthen science and innovation cooperation so that the needs of smallholders in the region can be met. The outcomes of the deliberations have been captured and summarized in this information note.
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    Report of the FAO Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Asia-Pacific, 11-13 September 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2018
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    This document contains a brief report of the FAO Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Asia-Pacific held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 11–13 September 2017. During the meeting FAO engaged a broad range of stakeholders from government officials and intergovernmental organizations to non-state actors, including civil society, private sector, research/academic institutions and cooperative/producer organizations in the dialogue on issues related to agricultural biotechnologies. The meeting underlined that a wide range of agricultural biotechnologies are currently being used in the region – from those that are low-tech and have been used for hundreds of years to those that are high-tech and newly developed. The meeting encompassed a wide spectrum of available biotechnologies used in forestry, crops, livestock and aquaculture/fisheries, from low- to high-tech. The meeting report emphasizes the role of agricultural biotechnologies to improve food security and nutrition and make food systems more sustainable in the Asia-Pacific region. The report provides a summary of discussions on issues concerning agricultural biotechnologies in the Asia-Pacific region, including investments; dissemination, adoption and use of biotechnologies and their social and economic impacts; regional innovation opportunities; regulation, policies and intellectual property rights; genetic resources for food and agriculture; nutrition; climate change and South-South Cooperation. It is also includes recommendations and possible follow-up actions for FAO and its member countries.
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    Student interactive session: Bringing fresh perspectives. Chapter Six of the Proceedings of the FAO International Symposium on the Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition 2016
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    Chapter 6 contains the Report of outcomes from the student session. The session started with key messages from the five panelists. The students, in turn, presented their statements and posed a wide range of questions to the panelists. The student community wants to be part of the dialogue in the decision-making processes. Biotechnology has to be better integrated and linked with other topics and issues related to food and agriculture. Students emphasized that participation of farmers and inclu sion of smallholders in policy processes is essential to be able to transfer biotechnologies for their needs. The student community is both hopeful and concerned about the role of biotechnologies and the state of food and agriculture and its impact on small farmers. They are aware of the new technologies, the vast new potential and the rapid advances that are being made. But will it translate into a better future? Will it make the world better? These are the larger questions that merit our refle ction. The FAO international symposium on “The role of agricultural biotechnologies in sustainable food systems and nutrition” took place from 15 to 17 February 2016 at FAO headquarters, Rome. Over 400 people attended, including 230 delegates from 75 member countries and the European Union, as well as representatives of intergovernmental organizations, private sector entities, civil society organizations, academia/research organizations and producer organizations/cooperatives. The symposium encompassed the crop, livestock, forestry and fishery sectors and was organized around three main themes: i) climate change; ii) sustainable food systems and nutrition; and iii) people, policies, institutions and communities. The proceedings provide the main highlights of the symposium which covered a broad range of biotechnologies, from low-tech approaches such as those involving use of microbial fermentation processes, biofertilizers, biopesticides and artificial insemination, to high-tech ap proaches such as those involving advanced DNA-based methodologies and genetically modified organisms.

    Read the full report

    Full report chapter by chapter:

    For more information, visit the webpage http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/agribiotechs-symposium/en/.

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