The desert locust has a notoriously complex genome structure, but scientists hope that by cracking their genetic code they can develop 'intelligent pesticides' that do not harm other organisms.
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The World Bank has provided the funding package in a bid to improve Moldova's management of animal by-products and in turn boost export opportunities.
The platform aims to step up global action on food loss and waste ahead of the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste.
The UK government is being urged to consider the wider implications before supporting the introduction of genetically modified food (GM) to UK agriculture.
Expert's research sheds new light on the situation