Agricultural biodiversity or agrobiodiversity is defined by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) as the "variety and variability of animals, plants, and micro-organisms that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture, including crops, livestock, forestry, and fisheries." It is recognized as pivotal in achieving many global goals, including inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) owing to the increasing contribution of agriculture in building the economies of many countries in Southeast Asia. However, understanding agrobiodiversity and its important link with ecosystem goods and services and their benefits to the society is quite limited. Though there are initiatives on agrobiodiversity in the region, mainstreaming these efforts in agriculture and environmental policies, plans, strategies and programs remains to be a challenge for many ASEAN Member States (AMS).
It is in this context that the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), and Maejo University (MJU) collaborate to hold the Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Agriculture for Sustainable Development and Food Security in Southeast Asia at the International Education and Training Center of MJU in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 12-14 September 2017.
Read more about the workshop on SEARCA website.