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.


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

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

6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

As the premier biosafety meeting in South Asia, the South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC 2018) brought together leading scientists from regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations.

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7th International Botanical Conference

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) sponsored the “Genetics, Biotechnology, and Biosafety Regulations in Genetically Engineered Crops” session at the 7th International Botanical Conference in Dhaka.

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5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

Scientists, academics, researchers and officials from industry, research institutions, universities, government departments and ministries attended this premier biosafety meeting in South Asia.

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4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

The South Asia Biosafety Conference provided an opportunity to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector in South Asia and internationally.

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Workshop on Dossier Preparation for Genetically Engineered Plants

This one-day workshop provided a review of environmental risk assessment and demonstrated how an understanding of the assessment process can help scientists collect and present the data most likely to effectively inform regulatory decision making.

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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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