The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition
I. De Borhegyi / FAO
15 February 2016, Rome--- Biotechnologies are going to be at the forefront of conversations at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome this week. From the 15th to the 17th of February, FAO is hosting an international symposium on “The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition”. While the symposium includes discussions about genetically modified organisms – or GMOs - they are not its main focus. Experts from around the world will be exploring how agricultural biotechnologies can benefit small-holder farmers, particularly those in developing countries affected by climate change, population growth, and other socioeconomic factors.

Opening remarks by José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General.
13min. 06sec.

Keynote addresses: (00:00) Louise Fresco, President, Executive Board of Wageningen UR, Wageningen, the Netherland; (27:42) Gebisa Ejeta, Distinguished Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, United States of America; (63:12) Pedro L. Machado, Soil Science Coordinator, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa), Brazil; (84:36) Gunter Pauli, Founder, Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives Network, Japan.
02h. 01min. 39sec.

Chikelu Mba, Team leader for seeds and plant genetic resources for FAO in Rome, explains more about what to expect from this symposium. (Interview conducted by Sandra Ferrari)
11min. 54sec.
Topic(s): Biotechnology, Nutrition
Produced by: FAO
Reference: 11594