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FAO Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Asia-Pacific

While the pros and cons of using GMOs get a lot of attention, there are many other types of agricultural biotechnology in use today across Asia and the Pacific. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization is holding a regional meeting this week (11-13 September 2017) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to highlight many of these – from artificial insemination of cattle that produce more milk, to new varieties of existing rice species that can survive floods to more disease-free aquaculture and forestry.

The Regional Meeting is a follow-up to the 2016 International Symposium on The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition, held at the FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy. Other regional meetings are planned in Sub-Saharan Africa (22-24 November 2017, Addis Ababa) and in Latin America/Caribbean and Near East/North Africa in 2018. 

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