On December 4, IOFS Programme Manager Ms. Shahlo Atabaeva participated in an international agro-technological summit "Innovative Development of Agricultural Industry during Economic Globalization" dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Kazakh National Agrarian Research University. The event was held online in three working languages: Kazakh, Russian, and English over two days on December 3-4.
The eight panels covered modern trends of horticulture, soil and ecology in education, science and production; the state and prospects of the development of innovative technologies and technical equipment in agro-industry; veterinary innovations for food and biological security; sustainable development, rational use of land and forest resources; scientific livestock technologies; water security and other. The participants raised discussions about the future of agricultural science as a whole, and the challenges the global economy poses for the agrarian industry.
The IOFS Programme Manager presented the IOFS mission and covered its action plans for the strategic commodities. The successful establishment of Centres of Excellence for wheat, rice, cassava and palm oil would ensure their self-sufficiency and advance their cultivation in the 41 countries (24 IOFS and 17 OIC member states). Another IOFS programme, Development of National Gene Banks, seeks to facilitate agricultural biodiversity and conservation of genetic resources through stimulation and employment of latest scientific practices in the field.