Asian Cooperative Agreement Convenes 49th Annual Meeting to Discuss Regional Priorities, Challenges and Solutions

Jane Gerardo-Abaya, Director of the TC Division for Asia and the Pacific, provided the opening and closing remarks to the regional meeting. (Photo: O. Yusuf/IAEA) 

Evaluating Impact

Delegates also discussed the conclusions of the first of several planned socio-economic assessments of RCA projects.

Using mutation breeding projects to help pilot the approach, the impact assessments are designed to identify value added beyond the primary research undertaken by individual countries.

“The impact assessment found that the RCA has supported a significant body of mutation breeding research, including over 7,300 promising breeding lines with superior quality traits to previous crops, and 254 mutant varieties of crops certified and officially released,” said Sinh Van Hoang, IAEA Programme Management Officer. “The key impacts of this research include increased food production, enhanced environmental protection, strengthened regional capacity and capabilities and growing competitiveness in international markets.”

In the last 48 years, the Agreement has contributed to

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