International Workshop on Agribiotechnology Communication: Addressing the Challenges in Communicating Agribiotechnology in Muslim Countries


This workshop is aimed at developing a workable communication strategy for agribiotechnology in Muslim countries.

22 participants from 10 countries: Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, China, Thailand and Uganda participated in this workshop.

The papers published in this proceeding are commentary in nature and they present the scenario of agribiotechnology communication in the selected Muslim countries and address the current practices, challenges and provide useful suggestions.

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GM Crops and Halal Workshop Report

Genetically Modified Crops & Halal Workshop held on the second day of the 5th World Halal Forum 2010, sought to begin discussions on the Islamic stance of Genetically Modified Food. At the end of the workshop panelists and participants unanimously agreed to the following statement:


A. Biotech crops and products have undergone intensive food and environment safety tests and are acceptable in the Islamic world as Halal, provided the sources are Halal.

B. Biotechnology awareness building strategies that would encourage and improve public participation in the decision-making process on biotechnology-related issues.

C. Biotechnology awareness and education programs need to be established by private and public sectors to increase biotechnology perception in the country.

D. The role of Islamic scholars (Ulama) in scientific discussions involving the developments of biotechnology, in particular the production of food derived from genetically modified crops must be enhanced.

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MyBio Carnival Where Passion Meets Fashion

The concept of the carnival inspired MyBio Carnival in Malaysia, a week-long event for students and parents, as well as the general public. It aimed to introduce the wonders of cscience in a playful, relaxing and participative mode. MyBio Carnival involved a series of activities - debates, quizzes, spelling competition, poster drawing, essay writing, seminars, exhibits and a fashion show. Public education was fostered through play, hands on experience, and interaction with peers and experts without the formality of the classroom and rigidness of a structured learning process. Biotechnology thus forwarded as a fun and pragmatic science rather than a field difficult to understand.




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Journal of Biosafety

Special issue: Proceeding of the workshop "Islam and Biotechnology: finding a common language between Ulama and Scientists"

The objectives of the workshop were:

  1. To enhance the understanding of agribiotechnology among religious scholars
  2. To create awareness among the scientists on the ethical/cultural implication of agribiotechnology
  3. To ensure guidelines and policies related to agribiotechnology; applications are considered on the basis of proper understanding of biotechnology
  4. To enhance communication between scientist and religious scholars through a creation of a common language
  5. To encourage religious scholars to play the role of science communicators

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Proceedings of the International Workshop for Islamic Scholars on Agribiotechnology: Shariah Compliance

21 participants from 8 countries: Afghanistan, Egypt, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the USA participated in this workshop.

The workshop was moderated by Darhim Hashim, Executive Director of International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHIA).

The objectives of the workshop were met in the course of the two day. The objectives were:

  1. To enhance the understanding of agribiotechnology among religious scholars
  2. To ensure guidelines and policies (e.g. fatwa) related to agribiotech applications are considered on the basis of proper understanding of biotechnology
  3. To create a platform for communication between scientists and religious scholars issues related to agribiotechnology
  4. To adopt a resolution/statement on the halal status of GM crops/food

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