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New technologies have the promise to transform agricultural productivity and nutrition. However, many governments lack the risk assessment resources and experience needed to assure decision-makers and the public that environmental and food safety concerns posed by products of these technologies have been adequately addressed. The ILSI Research Foundation is developing risk assessment resources, and providing training to scientists, risk assessors and regulators, to promote science-based risk assessments of products of biotechnology.

Collaborators & Partners

US Agency for International Development (USAID), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), UNEP-GEF, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Indian Council of Agricultural Research and governmental ministries and departments in India, Bangladesh and Indonesia

Areas of Focus

In 2016, the ILSI Research Foundation undertook biosafety-related activities in India, Bangladesh, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Paraguay. In 2017, the ILSI Research Foundation is continuing its biosafety capacity building through:

e-Learning Courses

Self-paced and interactive courses developed by the ILSI Research Foundation serve as supplemental training resources to in-person workshops.

South Asia Biosafety Program

Managed by the ILSI Research Foundation, SABP assists India and Bangladesh in further strengthening institutional governance of biotechnology.

UNEP-GEF Phase II Project

The ILSI Research Foundation provides technical support on risk assessment and risk management in South Asia.

Resources

Newsletters

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

e-Learning

e-Learning courses have been developed by the ILSI Research Foundation that focus on biosafety and biotechnology.

OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds

Paris, France

The OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds, for which the ILSI Research Foundation is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including the products of agricultural biotechnology.

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Central Africa Consultative Meeting on Gene Drive Technology

Libreville, Gabon

The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) organized a regional consultation to examine the basic principles of environmental risk assessment and the application of this process to the use of gene drives for either population modification or population suppression in mosquito vectors of malaria. NEPAD requested that the ILSI Research Foundation assist them in setting the agenda for the scientific program.

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Can Biotechnology Save Threatened Trees?

Washington, DC, USA

Andrew Newhouse of the American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project (SUNY-ESF) visited the ILSI Research Foundation to present a seminar on using genetic engineering to allow coexistence of transgenic American chestnut trees with the blight that nearly drove the species extinct.

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			Overview		
			Registration		
				Overview
				

ILSI Research Foundation and Food and Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank are very pleased to announce the scientific symposium: Protected Production of Fruits and Vegetables for Nutrition Security in Urban and Peri-Urban Environments. Fruits and vegetables play an essential role in nutritious diets and are key to addressing health and nutritional challenges. Increasing productivity to meet growing demand is challenged by the impacts of climate change and competition for essential natural resources. Ensuring the sustainability of the fruit and vegetable supply cannot be achieved without implementation of climate smart adaptation and mitigation interventions.

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Click here to view the speaker presentations and agenda from the 2017 Scientific Symposium: Gene Drive Modified Organisms and Practical Considerations for Environmental Risk Assessments. 

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Registration


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Stay tuned for more details as the date approaches!

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Click here to view the speaker presentations and agenda from the 2017 Scientific Symposium: Gene Drive Modified Organisms and Practical Considerations for Environmental Risk Assessments. 

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Proposed Criteria for Identifying GE Crop Plants That Pose a Low or Negligible Risk to the Environment Under Conditions of Low-Level Presence in Seed

The low-level presence (LLP) of genetically engineered (GE) seeds that have been approved in the country of origin but not the country of import presents challenges for regulators in both seed importing and exporting countries, as well as for the international seed trade and the farmers who rely on it.

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Legacy Work

Strengthening the Capacity of Developing Countries in Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation

The Partnership for Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation (PBRAR) was active from 2011-2014, and was supported by a US $1.2 million grant from the Development Grant Facility of the World Bank. The Partnership was comprised of the ILSI Research Foundation, the Environment Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank, and eight developing countries that have adopted, or are considering the adoption of, agricultural biotechnology.

In each of the partner countries, the PBRAR sought to strengthen the technical capacity of stakeholders engaged in biosafety risk assessment and regulation so as to facilitate evidence-based decision making.

Pakistan Grants Program: Scientific Support for Regulatory Decision Making

The Biosafety Research in Pakistan Grants Program, managed by the ILSI Research Foundation, supported research projects designed to improve understanding about environmental impacts of genetically engineered crops relevant to agricultural production in Pakistan.

Active from 2012-2014, 16 grantees from academic institutions worked to investigate the potential effects of genetically engineered crops on the agro-ecosystem, and build a knowledgeable community of practice to facilitate regulatory decision-making in Pakistan.