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International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security, and Biotechnology successfully held in Cairo, Egypt

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The two-day International Conference on ‘Agriculture, Food Security, and Biotechnology’ was successfully organized in Cairo, Egypt, on 8th & 9th June 2015. Hosted by COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Egypt, the National Research Centre (NRC), the event was co-organized by COMSATS, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE). Other COMSATS’ Centres of Excellence represented during the Conference included: Industrial Technology Institute (ITI), Sri Lanka; Industrial Research and Consultancy Centre (IRCC), Sudan; Bangladesh Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), Bangladesh; Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Senegal; and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Pakistan. The local organizations that participated in the meeting were: Cairo University, Agriculture Research Centre, Egypt; International Service for Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), Egypt; and Cotton Research Institute, Egypt.

The Conference was organized to build and strengthen linkages among R&D/S&T institutions working in the field of agriculture, biotechnology and food security for effective South-South cooperation; and to provide a forum to scientists, researchers, technologists and faculty members to update one another and share the recent developments in the field of agriculture and biotechnology, as well as for knowledge-sharing on the understanding, current status and needs of food and feed security.

The event was inaugurated by Dr. Mohamed Hashem, Vice President for Research Affairs & International Relations at NRC, on June 8, 2015. In his remarks on the occasion, Dr. Hashem considered it an honor for Cairo to host this important event, and appreciated its relevance for addressing key regional and global issues. He noted that nearly 75 percent of poor people in developing countries live in rural areas, and the agriculture sector has been found to be relatively more effective in reducing poverty.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Amr Abdel-Meguid, Regional Program Manager CEDARE, considered biotechnology the key technology of the 21st century, and highlighted the opportunities that agricultural biotechnology has to offer for the national development, especially of the developing countries. In his remarks on the occasion, Mr. Salah El Din El Gafrawi, ISESCO Representative in Egypt, urged the researchers to take on revolutionary roles to promote advanced agricultural systems in Islamic Countries. He stressed the importance of increasing food production to ensure food security in the Islamic countries by means of modern biotechnology research.

In his message read out on the occasion by Ms. Huma Balouch, Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes) COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS, noted that the developing countries are progressively adopting and adapting to agricultural biotechnology to meet their needs including those pertaining to food quality, food security, and sustainable agriculture. He considered the event important in encouraging debate and exchange of ideas related to modern biotechnological approaches to meet sustainable agriculture and food security challenges in the developing world.

A large number of participants from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Senegal, Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria benefitted from the event, along with more than 70 registered participants from various academic and research institutions in Egypt. Seven international subject experts from COMSATS’ member countries made thematic presentations on different aspects of biotechnology applications in the food and agriculture sectors. During its seven technical and parallel sessions, more than 30 paper-presentations covered a wide range of topics focusing on relevant applications of biotechnology, ranging from bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers to genetically modified crops.

The presentations and discussions of the event resulted in a number of recommendations, some of which pertained to:

  • Establishment of a scientific network for information exchange between member countries of COMSATS and ISESCO regarding climate change, food production system, automation and precision farming;
  • Working out joint research proposals that can be promoted by COMSATS, ISESCO, IUCN, and CEDARE for seeking funds;
  • Creation of working groups for mapping the strengths and weaknesses in biotechnology R&D in common member states;
  • Establishment of relevant competent committees for necessary decision making on the use of genetically modified products and preservation of biodiversity; and
  • Integration of relevant institutions concerning agriculture policy, rural development, and research strategy in member countries

The closing ceremony was held on 9th June 2015. Prof. Hosam El-Syed, Conference Coordinator and General Coordinator at NRC, in his vote of thanks appreciated the strenuous efforts of the organizers and partner organizations for making the event successful.

Upcoming Events

Nov
13
Tue
2018
4th International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology, Rabat, Morocco
Nov 13 – Nov 14 all-day

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Climate-related natural disasters, emerging diseases, rapid growth of World population, and political and social conflicts poses growing threat to food security. These havocs have incapacitated the food availability chain ensuing hunger, poverty and malnutrition around the globe. It is a debilitating fact that globally 815 million people, accounting 11% of the world population, were undernourished in 2016 (FAO 2017) wherein the third-world is bearing the brunt. This scenario, calls for more proactive, innovative yet sustainable approach for attaining and sustaining food self-sufficiency. Besides, the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is a call for action ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.

The rapidly pacing scientific advancements in the field of biotechnology can offer promising tools, techniques, methods and practices for enhancing agricultural productivity while conserving the natural resources in their best form for the future generations. Agriculture biotechnology – one of the arms of biotechnology – is the key to sustainable food systems, value-added crop production, improved nutrition and green economy.

Keeping in view the importance of above-mentioned issue, the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), in collaboration with the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) is organizing 4th International Conference on ‘Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology’, from 13th – 14th November 2018 in Rabat, Morocco. The Conference aims to provide an interactive platform to academicians, scientists and researchers to deliberate upon the burning issue of food insecurity while underpinning the significance of Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology.

Academicians, researchers, scientists, policy makers and implementers, and government officials working in the field of Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology in the developing countries are encouraged to participate in this international Conference.

OBJECTIVES

The key objectives of this international Conference are to:

  • Provide a forum to scientists, researchers, technologists and faculty members to update their knowledge and share know-how on the recent developments in the field of agriculture and biotechnology;
  • Build and strengthen linkages among R&D/S&T organizations working in the field of agriculture, biotechnology and food security for effective South-South cooperation;
  • Make recommendations to the policy-makers for developing policies and strategies in order to support biotechnology for food security in the common Member States of COMSATS and ISESCO.

HOW TO REGISTER

Applications for participation are required to be submitted through duly filled-in prescribed form to COMSATS and ISESCO, at the contact addresses given at the end of this announcement on or before Thursday, 1st October 2018.

Moroccan applicants may, however, send their applications till 30th October 2018 directly to ISESCO Headquarters, Rabat.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Travel grants and boarding and lodging will be provided by ISESCO, COMSATS and INIT to a limited number of individuals from the member countries of ISESCO and COMSATS, selected by the International Conference Scientific Committee.

THEMES

Agriculture

  • Crop breeding, improvement, protection and management
  • Agriculture and sustainable development
  • Agricultural innovation and technology
  • Agriculture Engineering and Agronomy

Food Security

  • Trends and challenges to food security
  • Food Nutrition Security: new concepts and strategies
  • Food safety regulation and standards
  • Food sovereignty, heritage & industry
  • Non-timper forest products and food security
  • Ecosystem based adaptation for food security

Biotechnology

  • Genetic improvement of crops using plant biotechnology
  • Functional genomics using genome editing technology
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Food and bioprocess technology
  • Patent, biosafety, biosecurity, plant breeders rights

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Ismaïla DIALLO
Science Directorate
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (ISESCO)
Tel: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 52
Fax: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 12-13
Email: idiallo@isesco.org.ma

Mr. Tajammul Hussain
Advisor (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad – Pakistan
Phone: (+92-51) 9204892, 9214515-7
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Email: tajammul@comsats.org

Mr. Tahir Naeem
Executive Director
Inter Islamic Network on Information
Technology (INIT)
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology,
Park Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 90495169, Fax: (+92-51) 9247006
Email: tnaeem@comsats.edu.pk

Nov
26
Mon
2018
Workshop on Metrology for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

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BACKGROUND

The important role of the Quality Infrastructure, comprised of metrology, standardization, accreditation and certification institutions, in the process of socio-economic development of countries cannot be overemphasized. They provide a critically important technical foundation for industrial development and global trade, and functioning national measurement systems support in increasing industrial productivity and enhancement of product quality for international markets.

Many developing countries, particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), do not have adequate quality infrastructures, which limits their economic development prospects as products and services fail to meet the demands of domestic and international customers as well as requirements imposed by mandatory regulations. A component of this problem is that these countries lack the requisite technical expertise and knowledge concerning the development, operation and maintenance of metrology facilities, which technically underpin all other functions of the quality infrastructure.

There is, therefore, an urgent need to intensify efforts for capacity building of relevant organizations in the developing countries in order to enhance their expertise and upgrade their infrastructure in the area of metrology, thereby also spurring development in other areas of the quality infrastructure and ultimately facilitating industrial development, growth in trade and a rise in societal well-being.

INTRODUCTION

Keeping the above in view, the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); and the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute (TUBITAK UME), Turkey; are jointly organizing a two-day workshop on Metrology for the Least Developed Countries.

The workshop will be held on 26 – 27 November 2018 (Monday-Tuesday), which will be hosted by the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute in Gebze, Turkey.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The primary objective of the workshop is to enhance the knowledge-base, expertise and capacity of the institutions working in the field of metrology in the least developed countries, as well as to prepare roadmaps towards addressing their needs to develop metrology infrastructures with the capability of supporting their economies.

The workshop shall also facilitate the building of regional and international partnerships for the sharing of approaches and best practices in the field of metrology.

FORMAT

The workshop will include technical presentations by relevant subject experts and scientists belonging to LDCs, Member States of COMSATS and international development organizations, as well as discussion sessions and laboratory visits.

TARGETED INDIVIDUALS

The focus of the workshop is on the least developed countries, particularly those that are also members of COMSATS, namely Bangladesh, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The policy makers, scientists and experts in the field of metrology belonging to the least developed countries and the Member States of COMSATS, as well as representatives of relevant international development organizations and donor agencies are invited to participate in the event.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Partial or full financial support will be provided to selected foreign participants from LDCs and Member States of COMSATS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
TUBITAK UME
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901
Email: omer.altan@tubitak.gov.tr

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters,
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, Sector G-5/2,
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 9214515-7 ext. 209
Email: farhan@comsats.org

Mar
11
Mon
2019
Workshop on Water Resources: Expected Crises and Strategies of Predomination, at National Research Centre, Egypt
Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day

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