Committee on Agriculture (COAG)

Side event #9

Application of genome sequencing for sustainable agriculture and food security

Friday 30 September, 13:00-14:30, Iran Room

About the event: Genome sequencing has the power to revolutionize food security and sustainable agriculture including food safety, animal, plant and public health, reducing the risks from disease outbreaks and improving agriculture through effective plant and animal breeding. While several industrialized countries advance with the technology, application in developing countries is limited. This side event provides a forum for Members to discuss benefits, drawbacks, policy implications and challenges that call for global actions.

Welcome remarks: Ren Wang, Assistant Director-General, FAO Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department
Introductory presentation
– Genome sequencing in food and agriculture: What it is, how relevant it is to developing countries, and why we are discussing this now (Masami Takeuchi, AGFF)
– Genome sequencing for animal health – input and impact, Examples from Egypt and Vietnam (Gwenaelle Dauphin, AGAH)
– Protecting plant biodiversity: ITPGRFA, genome sequencing and the relevance to the Nagoya Protocol (Francisco Lopez, AGDT)
– Capacity building on sequencing approaches to improve food and agriculture using nuclear and related technologies (Kathiravan Periasamy, AGE)

Panel discussion on the benefit, impact and implication of the Nagoya Protocol

Closing remarks: Renata Clarke, AGFF

A light lunch will be served at 12:30

Languages: English, French, Spanish

Twitter hashtags: #COAG25; #WGStech; #foodsafety

Side event will be webcast