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APCoAB, a programme of Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), is an apolitical forum with a goal to enhance the benefits of biotechnologies for sustainable agricultural development in the Asia-Pacific region, through greater stakeholder partnerships, improved policy environment, enhanced capacity building and greater public awareness.


Towards an Era of Biohappiness
M.S. SwaMinathan 

Both biodiversity and human society have co-existed over many millennia, resulting in rich agrobiodiversity across varying ecosystems, especially where it has been managed well and used effectively for overall human welfare. Therefore, agrobiodiversity has been the main foundation of our civilization across the globe and offers both food and nutritional security and improved livelihood opportunities to global population. However, unprecedented growth in human population during the past century and shrinking per capita land under agriculture have resulted in over-exploitation and abuse of available natural resources, including agrobiodiversity. Considerable loss of genetic diversity has thus occurred demanding an urgent action to research and conserve available genetic resources for posterity. Though National Agricultural Research Systems, International Research Systems under the CGIAR and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have made significant efforts towards agrobiodiversity conservation, yet it continues to remain a major challenge. Currently, about 800 million people suffer from insecure food supplies and malnutrition globally. Pattern and determinates of inadequate nutrition or hidden hunger are changing, where women and children are the most vulnerable segments. To read more download here: 
1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress - Proceedings (51 downloads)