FAO will organize an international symposium on “The role of agricultural biotechnologies in sustainable food systems and nutrition” in Rome on 15-17 February 2016. As described in the symposium's concept note (http://www.fao.org/3/a-ax916e.pdf), FAO seeks through this symposium to examine how the application of science and technology, particularly agricultural biotechnologies, can be of benefit to smallholders in developing sustainable food systems and improving nutrition in the context of climate change. The concept note also explains that the symposium takes a multi-sectoral approach, covering the crop, livestock, forestry and fishery sectors, and uses a broad definition of agricultural biotechnologies.
The symposium is being organized around three main themes: Climate change; Sustainable food systems and nutrition; and People, policies, institutions and communities. It will take place over two and a half days. There will be two plenary sessions, with six invited keynote speakers, in the mornings of 15 and 16 February 2016. The plenary session on 16 February will include a high-level ministerial segment. There will also be three parallel sessions, one for each main theme, per day and the symposium will close on 17 February 2016 with a final plenary where outcomes from the parallel sessions will be reported.
The output of the symposium will be symposium proceedings, including a compilation of key presentations and other information materials. A website will be launched in the near future. For further information, please contact Agri-Biotechsfao.org