THEME: Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.
The Director-General of FAO will be joined by Pope Francis and Ministers of Agriculture attending the Group of Seven (G7) meetings for the official ceremony on 16 October at FAO Headquarters. Whereas traditionally a message from His Holiness is delivered during the WFD ceremony, for the first time, the Pope will attend in person and call on the international community to change the future of migration. The presence of the G7 Ministers of Agriculture will be testament to the important link between food security, rural development and migration on the political agenda. Other special guests will include EU Commissioner Phil Hogan and the Heads of IFAD and WFP.
The world is on the move. More people have been forced to flee their homes than at any time since the Second World War due to increased conflict and political instability. But hunger, poverty, and an increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change are other important factors contributing to the migration challenge.
The national government recognizes the beneficial impact of safe and responsible use of biotechnology and its products as one of the several means to achieve and sustain food security, equitable access to health services, sustainable and safe environment, and industry development.
In observance of Presidential Proclamation No. 1414, s. 2007, the 13th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) is being organized by Departments of Agriculture (DA), Science & Technology (DOST), Health (DOH), Environment & Natural Resources (DENR), Trade & Industry (DTI), Interior & Local Government (DILG), Education (DepEd), and the Commission of Higher Education (CHED), as well as the academe, civil society organizations, and private companies, constitute the National Biotechnology Week Committee with the Department of Agriculture as its Chair for this year’s celebration.
As part of the NBW Committee, SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center carries out built-up activities for the NBW.
SEARCA Agriculture & Development Seminar Series (ADSS)
SEARCA, through its Biotechnology Information Center (BIC), is pleased to invite you and your colleagues to the following seminar at the SEARCA headquarters, UPLB Campus, Los Baños, Laguna:
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Biotechnology
by Atty. Rowanie A. Nakan
Cruz, Marcelo and Tenefrancia
25 January 2018 (Tuesday) | SEARCA Drilon Hall | 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Organized in partnership with the Philippine Genome Center-Agriculture
The SEARCA Agriculture & Development Seminar Series (ADSS) and its special seminars are open to the public.
The ADSS is meant to encourage the presentation and discussion of development and research issues, as well as their implications for agricultural and rural development. Through the ADSS, SEARCA proactively contributes to having a vibrant scientific exchange within, and even beyond, the Los Baños Science Community.
Past ADSS speakers include *Senator Cynthia Villar* (Philippine Senator) *Dr. Segfredo R. Serrano* (Undersecretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Agriculture); *Dr. Serafin D. Talisayon* (Professor, UP Diliman); *Mr. David Wolf* (Acting Agricultural Counselor, US Embassy in Manila); *Atty. Marvic M. V. F. Leonen* (Dean, College of Law, UP Diliman and now Supreme Court Associate Justice); *Engr. Elma T. Karunungan* (Chief, Alternative Fuels and Energy Technology Division, Department of Energy); *Dr. Shinji Kaneko* (Associate Professor, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan); *Dr. Thomas Elhaut,* (Director for Asia and the Pacific Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development [IFAD], Rome, Italy); *Prof. Yujiro Hayami*, (Advisor to the Graduate Faculty of the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development [FASID] and Visiting Professor of the National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Japan; *Dr. Dennis P. Garrity* (Director General, World Agroforestry Center); *Dr. Cielito F. Habito* (former Director-General of the Philippines’ National Economic and Development Authority [NEDA], Professor of Economics in the Ateneo de Manila University, and Director of the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development [ACERD]); *Dr. Prahbu Pingali* (UN FAO); *Dr. Mahar Mangahas* (Social Weather Stations); *Dr. Rafaello Tarroni *(Representative, United Nations Industrial Development Organization); *Prof. Randolf David* (UP Diliman); *Dr. George Norton* (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University); *Dr. Donato Antiporta* (UN FAO-Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific); *Dr. Steven Rood* (Asia Foundation); *Dr. Stephan Haggard* (University of California San Diego); *Dr. Olivia Castillo* (Asia Pacific Roundtable for Cleaner Production); *Mr. Daan Boom* (Asian Development Bank); *Ms. Lisa Antonio* (Philippine Business for the Environment), *Mr. Florencio Abad* (Former Secretary, Department of Education); *Secretary Romulo Neri *(Secretary, Department of Budget and Management and Former NEDA Director General); *Mr.Cesar E.A. Virata *(Former Philippine Prime Minister); *Dr. Gerardo Sicat* (Former NEDA Director-General and Professor Emeritus, UP Diliman), *Mr. Senen Bacani *(Former Secretary, Philippine Department of Agriculture), *Dr. Benjamin Diokno *(Former Secretary, Philippine Department of Budget and Management and Professor, UP Diliman), *Dr. Amelia Ancog* (Former Undersecretary, Philippine Department of Science and Technology), *Dr. Ben S. Malayang III *(Former Undersecretary, Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources), and *Ms. Deborah Landey* (Former Representative, United Nations Development Programme).
For further inquiries, please contact Ms. Rosario B. Bantayan, Program Specialist, Knowledge Management Department through email (email@example.com) or telephone (049 554 9330 to 36, local 3502).
It brings together farmers and other stakeholders from Asia to learn about plant biotechnology through first-hand experience by visiting plant biotech commercial farms and R&D biotech facilities; and interacting with farmers, scientists, media and policymakers.
The FX Program has been held annually since 2007. The 9th FX Program was held Mar 2-7 in the Philippines. The CropLife Asia, CropLife Philippines and the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines have organized the nine editions of the FX program.