Filipino Crop Scientists Tackle Ways to Face Climate Change and Globalization

The Federation of Crop Science Societies gathered around 450 crop researchers from different regions of the Philippines for its 24th Scientific Conference in Diversion21 Hotel, Iloilo City on June 13-17, 2017. The conference aims to tackle crop research and its importance in facing climate change and globalization, focusing on its theme: Healthy and safe food production in response to climate change and globalization.

Dr. Vivencio Mamaril, OIC Director of the Bureau of Plant Industry and Director of the DA Biotechnology Program Implementation Unit, stressed that the Philippines is one of the top producers of biotech crops all over the world. He also discussed the Philippine experience in developing and implementing regulations on biotech crop during one of the plenary talks. Dr. Leocardio Sebastian of CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security discussed about the climate change preparedness of the Philippine agriculture industry. He encouraged the use of climate resilient crops to attain food security amid the effects of climate change.

Aside from the plenary talks, the latest crop researches in the Philippines will also be featured in oral and poster presentations. Outstanding researchers will also be honored and awarded during the conference.

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This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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