Despite the technical knowledge available for improving food security in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), only three African countries (South Africa, Egypt and Burkina Faso) have commercialized biotech crops to date.
Agricultural biotechnology giant Monsanto has received the green light from the US Department of Agriculture to sell its transgenic drought-tolerant maize (corn) MON 87460. The move marks the start of a new wave of biotech plants to reach the market engineered with traits tolerant to environmental stresses such as heat, and soils starved of nitrogen, phosphorus and other essential nutrients.
Critics say controversy over publication of mutant-H5N1 research highlights biosecurity weaknesses.
The quest to feed the world's rapidly growing population over the next 40 years needs a frontloaded approach to funding agricultural research, according to a report on food security.
Biotechnology can help Indonesia cope with potential food crises caused by climate abnormalities or pests, but it remains underdeveloped due to unclear regulations and suspicion about its safety.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has adopted a new global framework for the conservation and sustainable use of the diversity of plants on which food and agriculture depend.
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3rd International Conference on Biotechnology and Food Science (ICBFS 2012) will be published in the APCBEES Procedia Journal under Elsevier, and will be submitted to the Scopus, Ei Compendex, ISI Proceedings for review and index.