Biotech Updates

Partnership and Innovation for Food and Economic Security and Environmental Security for the Region

October 23, 2019

UP Los Baños Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez called for renewed partnership and innovation in his keynote address during the International Conference on Food and Economic Security and Environmental Sustainability held in Cagayan State University on October 16-18, 2019. He underscored the importance of these two key drivers to face the current and emerging challenges im producing adequate supply of nutritious food; ensuring economic security, especially for farming families and communities; and protecting the environment in the midst of dwindling resources.

In the same event, Dr. Rhodora R. Aldemita, Director of the International Service for the Acquistion of Agri-biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter, highlighted that agriculture innovations such as biotechnology has been providing enormous contribution to food and economic security and environmental security in the last 23 years. The increasing area of biotech crops in 26 countries planted by 17 million farmers, as well as new crops and traits which are products of this agricultural innovation can help feed the 2020 global population of close to 10 billion.

The international conference was attended by some 200 researchers, members of the academe and industry from Southeast Asia, the USA, and Canada. The event was organized by Cagayan State University, with support from Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, Philippines and the Commission on Higher Education Philippines.

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