On the eve of World Food Day, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) launches a Knowledge Campaign on crop biotechnology "A million healing hands to help a billion hungry". Enlightened with a decade of knowledge sharing, ISAAA launches a high profile Knowledge Campaign for meeting the growing thirst for knowledge in crop biotechnology, food and agriculture in both developing and industrial countries to alleviate hunger and poverty – a noble and morally compelling goal. The campaign aims to educate, inform and mobilize people to participate and spearhead knowledge, eliminate the knowledge divide and build a sustainable bridge between science and society. The center of ISAAA's Knowledge Campaign is "people" – the mass mobilization of people with a million pairs of healing hands, offering knowledge about crop biotechnology, to help the 1 billion suffering people who are desperately poor and hungry. In this context, the theme of ISAAA's Knowledge campaign is "A million healing hands to help a billion hungry".
In keeping with the spirit of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to cut extreme hunger and poverty by half between 1990 and 2015, ISAAA reaffirms its commitment to crop biotechnology and agricultural development as keys in achieving this goal. It is estimated that farmers and landless laborers in Asia, Africa and Latin America represent 70% of the billion poor people in the world. Thus, ISAAA reiterates its strong belief of the crucial role of science-based knowledge about crop biotechnology, as a critical contribution to the alleviation of poverty and hunger, which is morally unacceptable in a just society.
The ISAAA Knowledge Campaign on crop biotechnology is dedicated to Dr. Norman Borlaug – the 1970 Nobel Peace Laureate who was the founding patron of ISAAA. With his full support and initiative, ISAAA established a fully- fledged Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology in 2000 in the Philippines with active nodes called Biotechnology Information Centers (BICs) in 24 countries globally. In 2010, ISAAA and its global family of BICs, are celebrating a decade of success in spearheading the sharing of knowledge and capacity building on crop biotechnology to help alleviate poverty in developing countries.
ISAAA has institutionalized the sharing of knowledge on crop biotechnology by creating and distributing a weekly email-based newsletter – Crop Biotech Update (CBU) – which shares knowledge on crop biotechnology freely whilst, importantly, respecting the rights of others to make decisions based on science and knowledge. The CBU summarizes the latest world developments in agriculture, food and crop biotechnology relevant to developing countries. The CBU is now distributed weekly to over 850,000 subscribers in 200 countries – the aim of ISAAA's Knowledge Campaign on biotech crops is to increase the number of subscribers to 1 million by 31 December 2010.
Reaffirming its mission to knowledge, technology and alleviation of poverty, the ISAAA Knowledge Campaign on crop biotechnology urges people participation by simply enrolling, without cost or obligation, 1 to 5 email addresses, or preferably more, of their co-professionals, and colleagues including students, for a draw to take place every week after the launch of campaign on the eve of the World Food Day, 16th Oct 2010. Three proud winners will be honored with a bronze duplicate of the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Congressional Gold Medal every week and featured in the weekly CBU . The last draw will be made on Friday 31st December 2010 with a netbook to recognize the critical role of electronics in communication, to be won by a deserving and eligible Borlaug medal winner from developing countries. ISAAA aims to enlighten 1 million or more subscribers to become torch bearers for science and knowledge sharing on crop biotechnology and its ultimate contribution to the alleviation of poverty, symbolized in the simple and compelling motto "A million healing hands to help a billion hungry".
To participate and have a chance to win the Borlaug medal, log on to ISAAA Knowledge Campaign at http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/invitepromo/cbu-promo.asp. ISAAA's Knowledge Campaign has been launched globally in several languages other than English, including, Arabic (http://www.egypt-bic.org), Bahasa (http://www.indobic.or.id), Chinese (http://www.chinabic.org), Hindi (http://www.isaaa.org/india), Spanish (http://www.perubiotec.org), Swahili (http://africenter.isaaa.org), Thai (http://www.safetybio.agri.kps.ku.ac.th), and Urdu (http://www.pabic.com.pk).
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- ISAAA Launches "A Million Healing Hands to Help a Billion Hungry" Campaign
- Committee on World Food Security Works For Better Global Food Security Governance
- Public Biotech Research Towards Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture
- Trials on Drought Tolerant Maize to Start in November
- Food Prize Symposium Focuses On Small Farmers
- USDA Announces the Development of Biotech Quality Management System Program
- Monsanto Achieves Corn and Soybean Product Approvals in Latin America
- USDA Grants Protection to 12 New Plant Varieties
- Syngenta Opens New Agri-biotech R&D Facility in Singapore
- Floods Wash Away Pakistan's Crop Research Efforts
- Queensland Researchers Develop Disease Resistant Tomatoes
- Indonesia Seeks Comment on Food Safety Assessment of GM Soybean
- Vietnam to Plant GM Corn in 2011
- Filipino Farmers Push for Continuation of Bt Eggplant Field Trials and Biotech Education
- NAST President Points Out Bt Eggplant Will Benefit Both Farmers and Consumers
- Experts: Biotech Can Contribute to Food Security, Can Coexist with Organic Farming
- Ukraine to Invest on Agri to Help Fight Hunger
- Key to Mendel's Pea Flowers
- EC-JRC Summary Notification on GM Field Trials in Czech Republic
- Association Mapping for Fusarium Head Blight Resistance in European Soft Winter Wheat
- Scientists Produce Protein-rich Potato Tubers
- Transcription Factor Links Abscisic Acid and Gibberellin Interaction in Rice
- Sustainable Grain Production Courses Sow the Seeds of Expertise for Tomorrow's Harvest
- Cornell-Sathguru to Deliver Premier Seed Industry Program in Hyderabad, India
- AIAST-Tasmanian Division to Conduct Agricultural R & D Symposium
- The Gene Revolution - GM Crops and Farming Reality
Read the latest:
- Crop Biotech Update (August 10, 2022)
- Genome Editing Supplement (August 10, 2022)
- Gene Drive Supplement (July 27, 2022)
Subscribe to CBU:
- &url=https://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=6821" target="_blank" class="tweetbutton button100"> Tweet