Workshop on Development of Communication Strategies for Adoption of Agri-Biotechnology in the Asia-Pacific region
The Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) and its program on biotechnology, the Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology (APCoAB), organized a workshop on Development of Communication Strategies for Adoption of Agri-Biotechnology in Asia and the Pacific on 28-29 September, 2015 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The workshop was organized in collaboration with International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC) and supported by Council of Agriculture, Chinese Taipei. Dr. Alongkorn Korntong, Deputy Director General, Department of Agriculture (DOA), Thailand officiated the workshop. He emphasized on the importance of plant biotechnology in enhancing agriculture productivity in a sustainable manner in the Asia-Pacific region but its successful adoption and implementation will depend on a number of critical factors including the public awareness and acceptance. International experts from nine countries together with twenty-four agriculture researchers from fifteen countries in the Asia and the Pacific participated and shared their experiences as resource persons, scientists, regulators and communicators and deliberated on issues and bottlenecks in the adoption of agri-biotechnology in the Asia-Pacific region. They also discussed on policies, regulations and communication strategies that can expedite the adoption of agri-biotechnology in the Asia-Pacific region. The key problems are no longer based around not having an adequate flow of technology in the region, but are based around not having commensurate communication and understanding of agri-biotechnology opportunities. Proceedings of this workshop as well as a Communications Framework will be published. This framework is designed for research agencies and partners to assist in developing strategies for communicating about Agri-biotechnology and come up with recommendations and communication strategies that could expedite the adoption of biotech crops to harness its benefits in the Asia-Pacific region.
Published on: 2016-10-04 (201 reads)
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