International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications

International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) is a small non-profit international organization that promotes the use of biotechnology applications in developing nations. It manages several projects on agri-biotechnology. Some of the projects' funding agencies include the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II, USDA, US Grains Council, and USAID.

ISAAA is involved in several initiatives on technology transfer, knowledge sharing, impact assessment, and capacity building. The organization is well known for its annual publication on the global status of biotech crops. The publication provides global trends on the adoption of major biotech crops since they were first planted commercially.

ISAAA operates three centers:

* ISAAA "SEAsia"Center is hosted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines. This center also serves as the Global Coordination Office as well as the home of Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology (KC).

* ISAAA "Afri"Center is located in Nairobi, Kenya and implements programs involving tissue culture of bananas and rapid propagation of multipurpose trees.

* ISAAA "Ameri"Center is located in Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

ISAAA is being funded through the support of many private and public institutions worldwide. This includes major multi-national biotech companies, several government agencies, and philantrophic institutions. These donations are structured to "ensure transparency and accountability by subjecting ISAAA’s program under regular and rigorous peer review by donors." [ISAAA list of 'Donor Support Groups' [http://www.isaaa.org/inbrief/donors/default.asp] ] . This is use of the term "peer review" is quite different from the use of the term in scholarship, as it is part of a system to ensure accountability to corporate interests, in contrast to ISAAA's stated mission of poverty alleviation. [ISAAA mission and objectives [http://www.isaaa.org/inbrief/default.html] ]

References

* [http://africasciencenews.org/asns/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=342&Itemid=1 Neondo, Henry. Tissue culture: JKUAT steps up war to protect plantlets in the field. Africa Science News Service. Saturday, 26 April 2008]
* [http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v26/n3/full/nbt0308-260.html Brazil surpasses US in new transgenic crop plantings. Nature Biotechnology 26: 260 (2008)]

External links

* [http://www.isaaa.org/ ISAAA Home page]
* [http://www.truthabouttrade.org/content/view/11519/54/ "Science and technology are key to growing more food" Truth About Trade & Technology, Monday, 21 April 2008. AgBioView & CropLife]


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