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:
One CGIAR Global Webinar Series on Genome Editing in Agriculture: Innovations for Sustainable Production and Food Systems
via Webcast, Online
September 22, 2020 - October 20, 2020
Dr. Morven McLean, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Vibha Ahuja, South Asia Biosafety Program Senior Advisor, and AFSI Trustee, Dr. Mark Rosegrant, will be participating as speakers in a webinar series organized to bring CGIAR centers and partners together with policy makers, academics, innovators, and other stakeholders to take stock of current research and applications of genome editing and address related topics that will impact the enabling environment needed to translate research into practice.
October 5, 2020
Organized by the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) in collaboration with Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), this online event was the seventh lecture in the SABP Webinar Series, which aims to build understanding of biosafety among students of biotechnology, i.e., “tomorrow’s researchers.”
September 22, 2020
Organized by the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) in collaboration with Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU), this online event was the sixth lecture in the SABP Webinar Series, which aims to build understanding of biosafety among students of biotechnology, i.e., “tomorrow’s researchers.”
August 26, 2020
Organized by the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) in collaboration with the National Institute of Biotechnology (NIB) of Bangladesh, this online event was the fifth lecture in the SABP Webinar Series, which aims to build understanding of biosafety among students of biotechnology, i.e., “tomorrow’s researchers.”
Washington, DC, USA
June 15, 2020 - August 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.
Agriculture & Food Systems Institute
January 1, 2010
This document provides a comprehensive review of information and data relevant to the environmental risk assessment of Cry1Ac.
Problem Formulation in Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops: A Brazilian Workshop
Fitzpatrick JW, Cheavegatti-Gianotto A, Ferro JA, Grossi-de-Sa MF, Keese P, Layton R, Lima D, Nickson T, Raybould A, Romano E, Romeis J, Berezovsky M
BioAssay | January 1, 2009
This report is a summary of a workshop organized by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, ILSI Brasil, and Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) brought together scientists from government, industry and academia to explore problem formulation for environmental risk assessment (ERA) of genetically modified crops.
Wolt JD, Keese P, Raybould A, Fitzpatrick JW, Burachik M, Gray A, Olin SS, Schiemann J, Sears M, Wu F
Transgenic Research | January 1, 2009
This paper describes the problem formulation process, whereby policy goals, scope, assessment endpoints, and methodology are developed into an explicitly stated problem and an approach for the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified plants.
The Key Events Dose-Response Framework: Its Potential for Application to Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms
Buchanan RL, Havelaar AH, Smith MA, Whiting RC, Julien E
Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition | January 1, 2009
One of five articles published in the September 2009 issue of Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition that describe a Key Events Dose-Response Framework for chemical, microbial pathogens, allergens, and nutrients.