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 Research in Pakistan Grants Program Workshop

A workshop for the Biosafety Research in Pakistan Grants Program (BRPGP) was held on September 14, 2014, in conjunction with the South Asia Biosafety Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The September 14th workshop consisted of short presentations on the research progress of the BRPGP funded grantees from the 2012 and 2013 grants cycles. The program also gave an opportunity for grantees and the advisory committee members to meet in person. 

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1st Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, the Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, and the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) held the 1st Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference and Workshop in New Delhi, India, from 18-20 September, 2013.

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International Conference on Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Plants

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment and the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences convened a conference on the environmental risk assessment (ERA) of genetically engineered (GE) plants in Dhaka, Bangladesh from April 15-17, 2012.

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South East Asia Conference on Current Approaches to the Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Crops

Organized by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, this conference provided an opportunity for participants to engage with international experts from regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions and the private sector on the current science that is used to inform the environmental risk assessment of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

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South Asia Conference on Current Approaches to the Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Crops

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment organized a conference on current approaches to the environmental risk assessment (ERA) of genetically engineered (GE) crops in New Delhi, India in May 2011.

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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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