FAO organizes first high-level event on advancing bioeconomy for sustainable food and agriculture in Southeast Asia


A high-level meeting to explore diverse bioeconomy opportunities and collaboration mechanisms in Southeast Asia as part of the region’s move toward an agrifood system transformation, opened today in the Thai capital, Bangkok. This hybrid event has been organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the support of Thailand’s National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC).

The event has attracted more than 100 high-level participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. The deliberations are focusing on bioeconomy-related issues in all food and agricultural sectors of Southeast Asia. The aim is to assist in accelerating the momentum of bioeconomy-related initiatives, to help boost and sustain growth in Southeast Asia, which is a dynamic economic hub.

The meeting heard how bioeconomy can harness the power of bioscience, biotechnology and innovations to address different challenges. During the opening session, Robert Simpson, FAO’s Special Advisor and Regional Programme Leader said, “Bioeconomy provides a range of mitigating opportunities, particularly in the field of agriculture, with the use of science, technology and innovation to transform agrifood systems and imperative of food security and nutrition.”

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