Overview: As part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Food Security Week, 2017, member economies participated in a workshop on agricultural biotechnology from August 18-19, in advance of the High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology.  Titled “Agricultural Biotechnology:  Driving from 1G to 5G” the focus of the workshop was on the advancement of biotechnology from the earliest genetically engineered crops to the present, and the concomitant progress in regulation globally.  Speakers and panelists were asked to discuss the driving forces as well as the challenges that hinder economies from achieving their agbiotech goals as we move to a fifth generation of the technology.

Program: Dr. Roberts, Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, was invited by the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to participate as a speaker and panelist in two sessions, the first on barriers to innovation and the second addressing tools and strategies to remove these barriers.  Dr. Roberts focused on the subject of data transportability and regulatory harmonization, presenting work that the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute has done on the transportability of confined field trial data and sharing information about the role of harmonized data requirements and regulatory cooperation in reducing barriers to innovation.

An overview of the workshop was presented to delegations attending the High Level Policy Dialogue on August 20th.  The Workshop was sponsored by the United States Grains Council, Crop Life Asia, Crop Life International, the United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, and the U.S. – APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration which is funded and strategically managed by the U.S. Department of State and contractually managed by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Regional Development Mission Asia.

More Information: For more information about the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s program on Data Transportability, please click here.

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