FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

FAO Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Asia-Pacific

11/09/2017-13/09/2017 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia





Meeting the nutritional needs of a growing world population – one expected to exceed ten billion – by 2050 – and do so through improved, efficient and sustainable food systems, is a major task, yet one which the world must take on.

While recent breakthroughs in biotechnologies in the food and agriculture sectors have been impressive, applying them at ground level have been more challenging. Part of the reason is affordability – the vast majority of our food is produced by smallholder farmers, fishers and pastoralists – many of whom are poor and often themselves food insecure.

In order to break the impasse, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is convening a “Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Asia-Pacific”, hosted and co-organized by the Government of Malaysia. The Regional Meeting is a follow-up to the 2016 International Symposium on The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition, held at the FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy.

The Regional Meeting will create the space for greater clarity on the needs and concerns regarding biotechnologies at the regional level, underlining the needs for maintaining a multisectoral approach, covering the crop, livestock, forestry and fishery sectors.

Specifically, the participants, including some of the most experienced in public sector biotechnology work from countries across the region, as well as those from the private sector and civil society, will be examining 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 methods.

The target audience for the Regional Meeting includes representatives of governments, intergovernmental organizations and non-state actors, including civil society, private sector, research/academic institutions and cooperative/producer organizations.


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