Pres.-Elect of World Grain Body Willing to Help Developing Countries

Korea Times (Seoul, Korea), May 30, 1999 | Go to article overview

Pres.-Elect of World Grain Body Willing to Help Developing Countries


A Korean grain scientist promised she would offer better care for developing countries during her two-year term as the president of the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (IACST) that begins in August, next year.

Dr. Okkyung Kim Chung, president-elect of the association, said in an interview with The Korea Times Saturday, ``Although farming is the life line of their economy, many countries have barely benefited from the association's activities. For instance, the former Soviet Union states remain as observance members because they can not afford the membership dues. And some African countries are eager to invite our scientists as instructors to increase their grain crop and quality.''

``Founded in 1955, we have been an organization of mainly European and North American countries. The standardization methodology development will be our major task for the near future and the association should be more far-reaching to that effect,'' she said.

The wheat specialist suggested that the IACST set up regional chapters to facilitate developing and underdeveloped countries usage of the IACST expertise and data.

Headquartered in Vienna, the association has 37 member countries. She is the representative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Kim, director of the hard winter wheat quality laboratory of the U.S. department's Agricultural Research Service, demanded that the breeding of grains resistant to insects and drought be geared up. …

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