March 3 – Seventeen participants from 10 BIC-ISAAA1 networks
convened together in the Philippines for the Annual BIC Network
Philippine host led by Dr. Randy Hautea, Global Coordinator,
Southeast Asian Center Director of ISAAA opened the meeting
by challenging the participants to stir ISAAA knowledge centers,
popularly known as Biotechnology Information Centers (BICs)
to stir a "better balance of acceptance and adoption of
biotech crops" in their respective countries. This can
be done by making biotech knowledge easily accessible to various
sectors of society, from policy to farmer clients.
In various parts of the world, biotech contributes to increasing
food supply and making food more affordable with reduced stress
and pollution to the environment. The BICs would be vital in
influencing more biotech acceptance and adoption, and ultimately
boost food production and security in every country where they
Participants came from different countries hosting BIC including
Vietnam, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Egypt, Kenya, Indonesia,
Pakistan, India, and Philippines. The said meeting will last
until March 5, 2009.
1 Biotechnology Information Center - International Service for
the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications. In the Philippines,
BIC is hosted by SEARCA.