SEARCA introduces Asian short course on agri, biotech
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has organized the Asian Short Course on Agribiotechnology, Biotechnology Regulation, and Communication in partnership with the International Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotech Applications (ISAAA), Malaysian Biotechnology Information Center, and Monash University.
Now on its second year, the program aims to enable participants to have a better understanding of the entire value chain of living modified organisms (LMOs) as well as national and international legal instruments regarding LMOs.
It also aims to discuss effective communication of agribiotechnology and biosafety regulation.
SEARCA Director and National Academician Glenn B. Gregorio said SEARCA’s role is important in advancing science-based innovations to address poverty and food security.
“We stand behind products of agribiotechnology that increase agricultural productivity to feed a growing population in the midst of dwindling natural resources and erratic changes in climate,” Gregorio said.
“Due attention must be given to our resource-poor farmers by providing them access to information, best practices, and new technologies that gives them a fighting chance to cope with the many challenges they face and to open up better opportunities for them and their families so that they can have better quality lives,” he added.