Agricultural Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a revolutionary tool that can change the agriculture sector.

Through the science of agricultural biotechnology, crops can be made resistant to certain diseases, to stressful environmental conditions, and some chemicals. The technology can reduce spoilage and make produce more nutritious, and it has the potential to spur economic growth, increase productivity, reduce hunger and malnutrition, and lessen the impact of agriculture on the environment.

APEC ministers and leaders recognize how important it is to communicate to the public the value of such produce, and how important it is to make sure that these products are safe. The APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (HLPDAB) is a recognition of this.

Through the HLPDAB, policy makers develop regulatory frameworks, facilitate technology transfers, encourage investment and strengthen public confidence in biotechnology in order to increase agricultural productivity and to protect the environment, with the ultimate objective of promoting food security.

The first high level policy dialogues on agricultural biotechnology took place in 2002.

Last page update: May 2017

Current Activities

The latest HLPDAB plenary meeting (HLPDAB 15), which took place on 20-21 September 2016, during APEC Food Security Week in Piura, Peru, endorsed a revised HLPDAB Strategic Plan for 2016-2018 and the annual Work Plan. Delegates also deliberated on outcomes of the HLPDAB Workshop on Strengthening Innovation and Cooperation among APEC economies to Advance Science and Facilitate Trade, and engaged in policy discussions on the issues of Science Communication and Data Transportability in APEC.

The next annual HLPDAB meeting will take place in the city of Can Tho, Viet Nam, during APEC Food Security Week in August 2017.

HLPDAB Strategic Plan (2016-2018): The Strategic Plan focuses on three main objectives:

  1.  Establish and main mechanisms to ensure continued information exchange on economies’ experience with agricultural biotechnology and other innovative agricultural technologies;
  2. Promote transparent, science-based and functioning regulatory systems to support the development, application and trade of innovative agricultural technologies and biotechnologies for the benefit of APEC member economies;
  3. Facilitate the management of regulatory differences by endeavoring to develop solutions to global challenges with respect to innovative agricultural technologies—including trade-related issues—and improve the ability of APEC economies to communicate effectively about these issues.

Activities for 2017:  The HLPDAB aims to conduct activities to meet the objectives of the Strategic Plan, with particular focus on the topics of low level presence (LLP) in food and feed trade, data transportability, science communication, precision breeding and innovative plant breeding technologies. Notable activities will include:

1. Feasibility study to update the “Baseline Review of APEC Member Economies’ Regulations of Products Derived from Innovative Agricultural technologiesand the ways forward (April-November); and

2. Workshop on Agricultural Biotechnology: “Driving from 1G to 5G” (August).

Cross-cutting issues: The HLDAB has identified cross-cutting issues on food security, climate-smart agriculture, trade facilitation/eliminating market barriers and making the best use of natural resources with the Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group (ATCWG) and the Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) and shall identify and share relevant policy recommendations with both groups with a view to contribute to the preparation of the Food Security Ministerial agenda. HLPDAB will also look into possible cross-fora collaboration in conducting APEC projects with relevant fora.

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Achievements

APEC HLPDAB Meeting and Workshop, 25-28 June 2013, Medan, Indonesia

The 12th Meeting of the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (HLPDAB) was hosted and chaired by Indonesia.

APEC HLPDAB Workshop, 8-12 June 2015, Manila, Philippines

The two-part workshop, Fostering the Benefits of Innovation in Plant Breeding and Science Communication, was conducted for APEC economy regulators and policy makers to gain knowledge of new innovations in plant breeding and lessons in science communication.

APEC HLPDAB Meeting, 30 September – 1 October 2015, Iloilo City, Philippines

The 14th Meeting of the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (HLPDAB) was hosted and chaired by the Philippines.

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Mr Pham Manh Cuong

Chief
Deputy Director General of Science, Technology and Environment
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam
cuongpm.khcn@mard.gov.vn

Ms Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy

HLPDAB Chair
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam
thuynt.khcn@mard.gov.vn

Mr Pruthipong POONTHRIGOBOL

Program Director
pp15@apec.org