FAO International Symposium on “The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition” 15-17 February 2016, FAO Headquarters


The symposium takes a multisectoral approach, covering the crop, livestock, forestry and fishery sectors. It also aims to cover the wide spectrum of available biotechnologies, including microbial food fermentation, tissue culture in plants, reproductive technologies in livestock, use of molecular markers, genetic modification and other technologies.

The symposium takes place over two and a half days, with keynote speakers addressing the plenary sessions on 15 and 16 February. A high-level ministerial segment will take place on 16 February. Three parallel sessions will also be held each day and the symposium will close on 17 February 2016 with a final plenary session where outcomes from the parallel sessions will be reported.

The target audience for the symposium includes representatives of governments, UN bodies and specialized agencies, intergovernmental organizations and of non-state actors, including civil society, private sector, research/academic institutions and cooperatives/producer organizations.

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