National Agrobiodiversity Conference


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

Organized by:

Supported by:

:: MOA
Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
:: MOA Sabah
Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry Sabah
Ministry of Higher Education
:: NRE
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
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