FAO Regional Office for Africa

FAO Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa

22 November, 2017 - 24 November, 2017
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The regional meeting on agricultural biotechnologies in Sub-Saharan Africa will take place from 22 to 24 November 2017 in the AU Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This FAO meeting will be hosted and co-organised by the Government of Ethiopia.


On 15-17 February 2016, FAO convened the international symposiumonThe Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition at FAO Headquarters, Rome. The aim of the symposium was to explore the application of biotechnologies for the benefit of smallholders in developing sustainable food systems and improving nutrition in the context of climate change.

During the symposium, the importance of bringing the dialogue from the global to the regional level was highlighted by participants. In closing, the FAO Director-General concluded: “We intend to bring the debate to a regional perspective. We want to hear from governments, farmers and researchers of all regions about their needs and concerns regarding biotechnology”. FAO is therefore organizing four regional meetings worldwide throughout 2017-2018.

Participants in the meeting will be representatives of governments, intergovernmental organizations and non-state actors in the region. The term ‘non-state actors’ refers to civil society organizations; private sector entities (including philanthropic foundations); academia and research institutions as well as cooperatives and producer organizations.