Objective

New technologies have the promise to transform agricultural productivity and nutrition. However, many governments lack the risk assessment resources and experience needed to assure decision-makers and the public that environmental and food safety concerns posed by products of these technologies have been adequately addressed. The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute is developing risk assessment resources and providing training to scientists, risk assessors, and regulators, to promote science-based risk assessments of products of biotechnology.

Collaborators & Partners

US Agency for International Development (USAID), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and governmental ministries and departments in India and Bangladesh.

Current Programs

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute's active programs related to biosafety capacity building include:

South Asia Biosafety Program

Managed by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, SABP assists India and Bangladesh in further strengthening institutional governance of biotechnology.

eLearning

Self-paced and interactive courses developed by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute serve as supplemental training resources to in-person workshops.

Past Work

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute's concluded projects in the area of biosafety capacity building include:

Resources

SABP Newsletter

Find out about the work being done through the South Asia Biosafety Program by reading our monthly newsletter.

eLearning

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute has developed eLearning courses that focus on biosafety.

Workshop on the Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA) convened a workshop on the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) crops in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in Bogota, Colombia on November 17-18, 2011.

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South East Asia Conference on Current Approaches to the Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Crops

Organized by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, this conference provided an opportunity for participants to engage with international experts from regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions and the private sector on the current science that is used to inform the environmental risk assessment of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

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South Asia Conference on Current Approaches to the Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Crops

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment organized a conference on current approaches to the environmental risk assessment (ERA) of genetically engineered (GE) crops in New Delhi, India in May 2011.

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Symposium on Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops in Mexico

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment organized a symposium to bring regulators, academic scientific advisers and industry scientists together to discuss the current status of regulations in Mexico and concepts of problem formulation to facilitate environmental risk assessment.

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Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops Workshop

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, ILSI Brasil and Embrapa convened their third annual workshop on environmental risk assessment (ERA) of genetically modified (GM) crops in Brasilia from August 16‐17, 2010.

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Sublethal Endpoints in Non-Target Organism Testing for Insect-Active GE Crops

This review paper focuses on the current status and history of sublethal endpoint use in insect-active GE crops and evaluates the future use of sublethal endpoints for new and emerging technologies.

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Genetic Biocontrol for Invasive Species

This publication provides an overview of the state of genetic biocontrol, focusing on several approaches that were the subject of presentations at the Genetic Biocontrol for Invasive Species Workshop, which was sponsored by the OECD’s Co-operative Research Program on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems.

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Problem Formulation for Gene Drive Mosquitoes Designed to Reduce Malaria Transmission in Africa: Results from Four Regional Consultations 2016–2018

This summary publication captures the findings from four African consultations organized by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to identify risk hypotheses and data needs for future environmental risk assessment of gene drives in the mosquito Anopheles gambiae.

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Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia: Progress and Prospects

This book contains the papers and proceedings of the SAARC Regional Consultative Meeting on the Progress and Prospects of Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia, which took place on June 18- 20, 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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OECD Consensus Document of the Biology of Mosquito Aedes aegypti

Volume 8 of the series Safety Assessment of Transgenic Organisms in the Environment contains the first OECD biosafety consensus document to deal with the biology of an insect, the mosquito Aedes aegypti.

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