Crop Biotech Update

Asia Regional Workshops on Communicating Biotech

November 4, 2011

Key decision makers (policy makers, scientists, and government officials) from Indonesia and Vietnam were trained to communicate effectively about issues related to plant biotechnology with their local stakeholders in a two-day workshop held in Jakarta and Hanoi, respectively.  The participants are expected to be effective spokespeople who can explain the benefits of plant biotechnology and respond to concerns about the technology.

Among the resource persons were Dr. Martina Newell-McGloughlin of the University of California Systemwide Biotechnology Research and Education Program, Dr. C.S. Prakash of Tuskegee University, and Angela Dansby of Inkovation, Inc. in the USA.  Aside from an overview of plant biotechnology, other topics included plant attitudes to plant biotechnology, proactive and reactive plant biotech communications, communication strategies and tactics, and pro and con communication case studies.

Drs. Pham Anh Cuong of Vietnam's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Karden Mulya of ICABIOGRAD in Indonesia welcomed the participants in separate workshops and stressed their respective government's support for biotech communication activities.

For more information about the workshops email knowledge.center@isaaa.org.