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
- 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.
May 2, 2019
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.
April 29, 2019
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.
Institutional Biosafety Officer (IBO) Workshop: Building a Network of Biosafety Practitioners in Bangladesh
February 14, 2019
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.
7th Training Workshop for Institutional Biosafety Officers on the Conduct and Monitoring of Confined Field Trials of Regulated Genetically Engineered (GE) Plants
New Delhi, India
December 10, 2018 - December 11, 2018
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.
New Delhi, India
October 25, 2018
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.
Pandey PR, Bajaj B, Islam A(Editors)
SAARC Agriculture Centre | September 30, 2019
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.
Roberts A, Nazli H, Wach M, Zafar Y
December 14, 2012
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.