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Biotechnology Among the Highlights of ASEAN Executive Forum to Level Up Agriculture

May 15, 2013

A forum on agriculture among the public and private sectors executives of the Southeast Asian nations was organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study (SEARCA) in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines on May 9-10, 2013. The Executive Forum gave importance on the role of biotechnology to level up the agriculture landscape of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN Region).

Dr. Paul S. Teng, Professor of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Vice Chairman of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) gave his talk on Drivers of the New ASEAN Agriculture Landscape. Dr. Rhodora R. Aldemita, ISAAA's Senior Program Officer and Dr. Tan Siang Hee of CropLife Asia (CLA), delivered their lectures on Biotechnology for 21st Century's Agriculture and Food Security, presenting the viewpoints from the public and private sectors, respectively. Dr. Andrew Powell of Asia BioBusiness gave a presentation on the Commercialization of Agricultural Research Innovations.

A high level dialogue was also conducted with ASEAN executives in agriculture and resouce persons from the International Rice Research Institure, SEARCA, CLA, Asian Development Bank, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on challenges that the region is facing.

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