The first national agrobiodiversity conference was held in
November 2006. It stressed the importance of agrobiodiversity
conservation and sustainable utilization to ensure the future
generation will continue to have access to the genes required for
adaptation against biotic and abiotic stresses. Addressing those
stresses have an impact on food security and the nation’s ability
to alleviate poverty among the hardcore poor.
Since the last conference, many R & D initiatives have
been made by various public and private research organizations,
and academic institutions to ensure the past and the current
state of country’s agrobiodiversity and ecosystem remain intact.
With this in mind and in conjunction with the International Year
of Biodiversity which will be celebrated in 2010, this second
conference will be held.
The presentations will include plenary sessions, oral and poster presentations
Tentative speakers for the plenary papers:
Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Zakri Hamid – Tuanku Chancellor Chair, Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CENPRIS), USM
Datuk Dr. Abd. Shukor Abd. Rahman – Director General of MARDI
Dr. Rita Manurung – Chief Operating Officer, Sarawak Biodiversity Centre
Dr. Michael Halewood – Head of Legal Division, Bioversity International APO Bioversity International, Rome/ Ms. Teh Guat Hong –
Bioversity International APO, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Dr. Elcio P. Guimaras – FAO Rome / Dr. Vaughn Duncan – FAO, Bangkok
Dr. Leocadio Sebastian – Bioversity International APO, Serdang, Selangor