An international symposium later this month will explore the application of science and technology, particularly agricultural biotechnologies, in developing sustainable food systems and improving nutrition in the context of climate change. The symposium will be held at the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s headquarters in Rome between February 15 and 17. Taking a multi-sectoral approach across crop, livestock, forestry and fishery sectors, the symposium will cover bio-technologies including microbial food fermentation, use of molecular markers, and genetic modification.

The backdrop to the symposium is the latest State of Food Insecurity in the World report that estimates that almost 800 million people remain chronically undernourished, that is, around one out of every nine people in the world is unable to consume enough food for generate the energy needed to conduct an active and healthy life. That said, another 500 million people are affected by obesity.