FAO Releases Book on Biotechnologies for Development
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The FAO publication "Biotechnologies for Development" contains the documentation and outcomes of the ABDC-10 conference on agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries in the face of climate change, including on the current status and options for biotechnologies in developing countries and related policy issues and options.

June 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the proceedings of the FAO international technical conference on “Agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries: Options and opportunities in crops, forestry, livestock, fisheries and agro-industry to face the challenges of food insecurity and climate change” (ABDC-10), which was held from 1-4 March 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Titled “Biotechnologies for Agricultural Development,” the proceedings are organized in two main sections. The first 10 chapters contain FAO background documents prepared ahead of ABDC-10, on the current status and options for biotechnologies in developing countries in crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries/aquaculture and food processing/safety, and related policy issues and options, including: targeting agricultural biotechnologies to the poor; enabling research and development (R&D) for agricultural biotechnologies; and ensuring access to the benefits of R&D.

The second section contains five chapters dedicated to the outcomes of ABDC-10, namely the reports from 27 parallel sessions of sectoral, cross-sectoral and regional interest, most of which were organized by intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and regional fora; keynote presentations; and the conference report adopted by delegates on the final day of ABDC-10. [Publication: Biotechnologies for Agricultural Development]

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