Overview

The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is dedicated to assisting India and Bangladesh in further strengthening institutional governance of biotechnology. Managed by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, SABP provides technical assistance to the biosafety risk assessment and research communities in India and Bangladesh, and further supports governments’ efforts to implement functional and scientifically sound regulatory processes for agricultural biotechnology.

Collaborators & Partners

USAID, USDA, IFPRI, Biotech Consortium India Limited, University of Dhaka, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (India), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Bangladesh), Department of Environment (Bangladesh) and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council

Current Work


SABP works with its in-country partners to:

  • Identify and respond to technical training needs for GE food, feed, and environmental safety assessment.
  • Develop a network of trained, authoritative local experts to communicate about the science of agricultural biotechnology and its biosafety to interested stakeholders.
  • Facilitate systems for permitting the safe conduct of experimental field trials of new crops developed using biotechnology so that scientists and farmers can evaluate them.

Resources

SABP Newsletter

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

Bangladesh Biosafety Portal

Explore resources related to agricultural biotechnology activities in Bangladesh.

ICAR Biosafety
Portal

Meet the IBOs and review resources made available through the IBO Pilot Program.

Biosafety Regulations for Biotech Researchers and Biosafety Practitioners

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s South Asia Biosafety Program, in collaboration with Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, organized a capacity building biosafety seminar in Bangladesh for regional scientists and academics.

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Consultation Meeting for the Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program

A consultation meeting for short-listed applicants to the Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program was organized to discuss the format of the full proposal. 

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Institutional Biosafety Officer (IBO) Workshop: Building a Network of Biosafety Practitioners in Bangladesh

This workshop served as a platform where IBOs could share the current status of biosafety regulations and protocols, best practices for implementation, and discuss challenges to the effective implementation of biosafety requirements or to the progress of biotechnology research.

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7th Training Workshop for Institutional Biosafety Officers on the Conduct and Monitoring of Confined Field Trials of Regulated Genetically Engineered (GE) Plants

Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Biotech Consortium India Limited, co-organized the 7th Training Workshop for Institutional Biosafety Officers on the Conduct and Monitoring of Confined Field Trials of Regulated Genetically Engineered Plants.

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Potential, Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation of Gene Edited Plants

Dr. Andrew Roberts conducted a seminar on Potential, Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation of Gene Edited Plants at the ICAR-National Research Center on Plant Biotechnology in New Delhi, India.

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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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An Analysis of the Development and Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology in Pakistan

The purpose of this analysis is to present the context for biosafety regulation in Pakistan, including the investment and infrastructure currently dedicated to advanced agricultural technologies, and to review the legal and regulatory framework present in the country.

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