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The XI International Rice Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean - "Rice Challenges for XXI Century" will be held September 22-24, 2010 in Cali, Colombia. The conference is being organized by the Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice (FLAR), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture...
AgroSalud, a program that has been developing more nutritious staple food crops for Latin American and Caribbean countries (LAC), has been integrated into HarvestPlus, a global program that improves nutrition by developing food crops rich in minerals and vitamins through biofortification. “This now...
This opinion cites several reasons why "rosy assessment" of the potential for biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean, given at a recent meeting of the United Nations Organization for Industrial Development (UNIDO), may not be realized for many years. The piece notes that many countries...
A new report, “The Next Global Breadbasket: How Latin America Can Feed the World,” released Wednesday by the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), argues that Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region could feed a global population of nine billion people in...
An increase in agricultural research since 2000 means Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) is well situated to face the demands of a growing global population in the face of climate change, says a new report, “Agricultural Research in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Cross-Country Analysis of Institutions,...
The 7th Latin American and Caribbean Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnology (Encuentro Latinoamericano y del Caribe sobre Biotecnologia Agropecuaria) will be held November 1-5, 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Topics of discussion at the meeting will include emerging technologies, biodiversity, bioenergy...
At a regional forum held earlier this month, experts, academics, and representatives of Latin American and Caribbean governments said a paradigm shift is needed regarding how food is produced, consumed and marketed in the region. The Regional Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Eating in...
A new initiative to coordinate and promote biotechnology business in Latin America and the Caribbean is to be launched in mid-August at the BioLatina Congress in Salvador, Brazil. The initiative, called "BioIntegral," will focus on four areas: 1) establishing a Latin American biotechnology...
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is working to promote aquaculture as a food security option in the Caribbean to help combat global climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that wild catch fishery could decline by as much as 50 percent due to global...
Consumer groups from throughout the Caribbean region plan to pressure governments to adopt legislation that enables labeling of genetically modified (GM) food imports. Thirty delegates from advocate groups in the Caribbean community's 15 member countries discussed a range of perceived consumer...