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.
The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute's active programs related to biosafety capacity building include:
The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute's concluded projects in the area of biosafety capacity building include:
By Invitation Only, Online Training Course
June 15, 2020 - July 31, 2020
Supported by a grant from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and organized in collaboration with the Indonesian National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) and the Indonesian Center for Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetic Resources Research and Development (ICABIOGRAD), this online training course for Indonesian regulators consists of ten modules on the topic of GE food and feed safety assessment.
July 23, 2020
Organized by the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) in collaboration with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), this online event was the fourth lecture in the SABP Webinar Series, which aims to build understanding of biosafety among students of biotechnology, i.e., “tomorrow’s researchers.”
By Invitation Only, via Webcast
July 9, 2020 - July 17, 2020
Supported by a grant from the New Technologies and Production Methods Division at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Trade Policy and Geographic Affairs (TPGA) area, the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute organized this webinar series to discuss the history and opportunities of microbial biotechnology for novel foods.
July 9, 2020
Organized by the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) in collaboration with Dhaka University, this online event was the third lecture in the SABP Webinar Series, which aims to build understanding of biosafety among students of biotechnology, i.e., “tomorrow’s researchers.”
June 18, 2020
Organized by the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) in collaboration with Jahangirnagar University, Savar, this online event was the second lecture in the SABP Webinar Series, which aims to build understanding of biosafety among students of biotechnology, i.e., “tomorrow’s researchers.”
McLean M, Roberts A
September 1, 2015
View the summary document of the Partnership for Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation.
Proposed Criteria for Identifying GE Crop Plants That Pose a Low or Negligible Risk to the Environment Under Conditions of Low-Level Presence in Seed
Roberts A, Finardi-Filho F, Hegde S, Kiekebusch J, Klimpel G, Krieger M, Lema MA, Macdonald P, Nari C, Rubinstein C, Slutsky B, Vicien C
Transgenic Research | August 26, 2015
The low-level presence (LLP) of genetically engineered (GE) seeds that have been approved in the country of origin but not the country of import presents challenges for regulators in both seed importing and exporting countries, as well as for the international seed trade and the farmers who rely on it.
July 31, 2015
The Partnership for Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation (PBRAR) is one of the few biotechnology and biosafety programs that has successfully created bridges between the agricultural sector and the environmental sector. Strong program leadership by the Director of the Center for Environmental Risk Assessment and senior technical and communications staff leading the PBRAR’s various activities contributed to the success of the program. Read this evaluation report from Dr. Gabrielle Persley about the program.
Transportability of Confined Field Trial Data for Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Plants: A Conceptual Framework
Garcia-Alonso M, Hendley P, Bigler F, Mayeregger E, Parker R, Rubinstein C, Satorre E, Solari F, McLean MA
Transgenic Research | April 21, 2014
It is commonly held that confined field trials (CFTs) used to evaluate the potential adverse environmental impacts of a genetically engineered (GE) plant should be conducted in each country where cultivation is intended, even when relevant and potentially sufficient data are already available from studies conducted elsewhere.
Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, Agriculture & Food Systems Institute
March 31, 2014
The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute organized a workshop held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 18-19, 2013 on low level presence (LLP) in seed. This document contains the conference proceedings to address the potential adverse environmental impacts that might arise from an LLP in seed situation using a consistent and scientifically defensible approach to environmental risk assessment.