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Seminar on Crop Improvement for Food and Nutrition Security in Southeast Asia: Opportunities and Challenges for Gene Stacking and Other Plant Breeding Techniques

Singapore, Singapore
20/11/2015
Breakthrough Auditorium (Level 4), Matrix Building

OVERVIEW

With increasing urbanization and the impact of global climate change, Southeast Asia faces increasing challenges to provide sufficient safe and nutritious food to its population in the coming decades. One of the possible strategies to address such concerns include the improvement of productivity and nutritional value of staple food crops. Technological innovation needs to be applied to improve these food crops and plant breeders are able to work with a wide variety of techniques to do so, such as gene stacking, as well as a host of other conventional methods and biotechnology. However, different techniques offer its share of challenges, including both technical and regulatory barriers. This half-day seminar thus discussed the role of plant improvement technologies in crop improvement to address food and nutrition security, highlighting some of the available opportunities and challenges facing the region.

ORGANIZER

ILSI SEA Region

CO-ORGANIZER

Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC), Singapore

COLLABORATOR

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

PROGRAM

The program is available here.

REPORT

The report is available here.

PRESENTATIONS

Challenges for Food and Nutrition Security in Southeast Asia and the Role to be Played by Crop Improvement
Prof. Paul Teng, GMAC/NTU, Singapore
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Improving Nutritional Quality of Food Crops Using Conventional Plant Breeding Techniques – Opportunities and Challenges
Mr. Ashish Wele, HarvestPlus, USA
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Improving Nutritional Quality of Food Crops Using Genetic Engineering Techniques – Opportunities and Challenges
Dr. Donald MacKenzie, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines
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Plant Improvement – Perspectives on Conventional and Genetic Engineering Techniques
Prof. Wayne Parrott, University of Georgia, USA
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