Other organisations and initiatives involved in agricultural biotechnology
African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) – The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is a not-for-profit foundation that is designed to facilitate public-private partnerships for the access and delivery of appropriate technologies to the resource-poor smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Its mission is food security and poverty reduction, and its structure and operations draw upon the best practices and resources of both the public and private sectors.
African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum (ABSF) – ABSF aims to create an enabling environment in which Africa can participate and benefit from biotechnology in a responsible and sustainable manner. The association, through the dissemination of information, aims to enhance the understanding and awareness.
AfricaBio – AfricaBio is a non-political, non-profit biotechnology association for the safe, ethical and responsible research, development and application of biotechnology and its products. The Association also serves as a forum for informed dialogue on biotechnological issues in Africa.
Africa Harvest – Africa Harvest’s mission is to use science and technology – especially biotechnology – to help the poor in Africa achieve food security, economic well-being and sustainable rural development. Africa Harvest supports African governments to actualize the potential of science and technology – especially biotechnology – in the fight against hunger, poverty and malnutrition.
Asian Biotechnology and Development Review – The Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR) aims at generating wider awareness of the issues involved and emerging developments in the area of biotechnology. It hopes to serve as a forum of debate and dissemination of information on issues such as developmental potential of biotechnology, and the possibilities of South-South cooperation in this area. The views expressed in the ABDR are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the RIS or the organisations they belong to.
Associaçao Nacional de Biossegurança (ANBio) -The National (Brazilian) Biosafety Association-ANBio was created in 1999 by a group of scientists concerned with disseminating information about the advances of modern biotechnology and its control mechanisms, which are fundamental for technological incorporation and simultaneous preservation of our biological diversity.
BIOS – Biological Innovation for Open Society – BIOS – Biological Innovation for Open Society – is a new initiative of CAMBIA to extend the metaphor and concepts of Open Source to biotechnology and other forms of innovation in biology.
Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) Portal – The Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) is an information exchange mechanism established by the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to assist Parties to implement its provisions and to facilitate sharing of information on, and experience with, living modified organisms (LMOs).
Black Sea Biotechnology Association (BSBA)– The Black Sea region is a network of countries with historically similar agricultural needs, priorities and often practices, science based regulations that not only protect the public health and the regional environment, but also stimulate economic development, international trade, modern agricultural practices, modern food and feed production industry, east/west collaborations and the advancement of regional varieties.
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety – On 29 January 2000, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a supplementary agreement to the Convention known as the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The Protocol seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology.
Centro de Informação de Biotecnologia (CIB) (Center for Biotechnology Information, Portugal) is a nonprofit and private association created in 2002. Its aim is promoting communication of Biotechnology in Portugal and in the Portuguese-speaking countries. CiB Portugal contributes to clarify different audiences about biotechnological applications in everyday life. It organizes and participates in communication and education activities and produce information to promote the public understanding of biotechnology. (www.cibpt.org)
Co-Extra – Co-Extra is an integrated research project on co-existence between GM and non GM (conventional and organic) crops. The main focus of Co-Extra is to provide the different stakeholders of the food and feed chains with fit for purpose tools and methods to allow them to practically implement co-existence and traceability required by the current and forthcoming EC regulations and demanded by European consumers. Co-Extra is a 4-years Integrated Project funded by the European Commission through the Sixth Framework Programme under the Food Quality and Safety Priority.
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) – The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is a strategic alliance of countries, international and regional organizations, and private foundations supporting 15 international agricultural Centers, that work with national agricultural research systems and civil society organizations including the private sector. The alliance mobilizes agricultural science to reduce poverty, foster human well being, promote agricultural growth and protect the environment. The CGIAR generates global public goods that are available to all.
Convention on Biological Diversity – The Convention on Biological Diversity is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. Conceived as a practical tool for translating the principles of Agenda 21 into reality, the Convention recognizes that biological diversity is about more than plants, animals and micro organisms and their ecosystems – it is about people and our need for food security, medicines, fresh air and water, shelter, and a clean and healthy environment in which to live.
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center – The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a global vision to improve the human condition. Research at the Danforth Center will enhance the nutritional content of plants to improve human health, increase agricultural production to create a sustainable food supply, and provide the scientific ideas and technologies that will contribute to the economic growth of the St. Louis region and of the State of Missouri.
Environmental Biosafety Research – Environmental Biosafety Research is an interdisciplinary journal for research on GMOs and the environment. Its objective is to favor circulation of scientific information and to foster scientific debate. The results of research related to science-based risk assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are dispersed through an extremely broad range of fields and journals. This interdisciplinary feature makes GMO biosafety research a particularly interesting intellectual topic, but it is difficult to follow new developments across this broad and actively growing domain. The purpose of EBR is to fill this gap in scientific communication.
European Federation on Biotechnology (EFB) – The European Federation of Biotechnology is the non-profit association of all national and cross-national Learned Societies, Universities, Institutes, Companies and Individuals interested in the promotion of Biotechnology throughout Europe and beyond.
Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) – FARA is the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, an umbrella organization bringing together and forming coalitions of major stakeholders in agricultural research and development in Africa.
gmo-safety.eu – biological safety research in Germany – The Internet portal gmo-safety.eu provides up-to-date clear and intelligible information about current and past biosafety research into genetically modified plants in Germany.
Harnessing Technologies for Sustainable Development – Documentation from the United Nations System-Wide Special Initiative on Africa programme on Harnessing Information Technology for Development (HITD/SIA). Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is the lead agency for the implementation of HITD/SIA.
Institute of Development Studies – IDS is an internationally-renowned centre for research and teaching on development, established in 1966. IDS also hosts many innovative information and knowledge management services.
Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries (IPBO) – The vision of IPBO is to resolve the constraints and leverage the opportunities presented by the challenge to translate new discoveries in plant sciences into successes in agriculture for the benefit of the poor of the world.
International Council for Science – New Genetics, Food and Agriculture: Scientific Discoveries – Societal Dilemmas. A synthesis of more than 50 science based reviews, the report assesses the risks and benefits of applying new genetic iscoveries to food and agriculture. The report was commissioned by ICSU’s Advisory Committee on Genetic Experimentation and Biotechnology (ACOGEB).
International Food Policy Research Institute – IFPRI’s vision is a world free of hunger and malnutrition. The vision is based on the human right to adequate food and nutrition and recognition of the inherent dignity of all members of the human family. It is a world where every person has secure access to sufficient and safe food to sustain a healthy and productive life and where decisions related to food are made transparently and with the participation of consumers and producers.
International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) – The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) is a not-for-profit organization that delivers the benefits of new agricultural biotechnologies to the poor in developing countries.
International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR) – The International Society for Biosafety Research, ISBR, aims to promote scientifically sound biosafety research by improving communication among scientists who study plants, animals, and microbes with new characteristics due to altered DNA and produced using modern biotechnology.
PeruBiotec – The Peruvian Association for the Development of Biotechnology (PeruBiotec) is a professional not-for-profit non-government organisation whose purpose it is to promote and disseminate the uses of modern biotechnology for the greater good of all Peruvians.
Sense About Science – Sense About Science works with scientists and members of the public to change public debates and to equip people to make sense of science and evidence.
South Asian Institute of Health Promotion (SAIHP) – SAIHP is a non-profit organization working for community health promotion through strategic research based intervention. The mission of this institute is to improve population health by facilitating information education and communication to the public, policy advocacy, and community mobilization. It has one exclusive unit CHASE (centre for healthy and safe environment) focusing on environmental health promotion.
Scitable (Nature education) – Scitable from Nature Publishing Group was created for faculty and students alike in Biology, Genetics, and other related fields. Scitable, which currently focuses exclusively on the field of genetics, is built on a free library of overviews of key science concepts compiled by the trusted editorial staff of Nature Publishing Group. Scitable’s evidence-based approach explains science through the lens of the scientific method, with frequent links to milestone research papers.