National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2002-10-24 15:04 UTC (J.KOMEN@CGIAR.ORG)
Date of last update
2010-01-19 12:00 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2010-01-19 12:00 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
ISNAR Biotechnology Service (IBS)
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • Global
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Target group: Research policymakers and research managers in developing countries.
Start Date
Ending date
Donor(s) information
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Organization: International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR)
  • Type of Organization: International Organization
Budget information
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs - $200000
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation - $180000
UK Department for International Development - $120000
Japan Official Development Assistance - $50000
Availability of funds for participants
Activity details
Description of the initiative
The IBS project  acts as an independent advisor to national agricultural research programmes in developing countries on matters of biotechnology policy and research programme management, including biosafety. A programme of work was developed and funded for the period 1993-1997, with a follow-up phase (1998-2002) approved in 1997.

National level activities
Development of national biosafety frameworks
Human-resources development
Information exchange & data management

Regional level activities
Advisory mechanisms

International level activities
Strengthening of North-South and South-South Cooperation
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
Support policy and strategy development that enhances capacity in agricultural biotechnology
Assist in developing leadership skills among policymakers and research managers for integrating biotechnology in agricultural research programs
Harness the internationally available expertise to respond to identified technical, policy, and management needs

The project supports innovation in agricultural research by responding to policy and management needs for biotechnology.  Activities are concentrated in four main areas: (a)  Economic analysis of agricultural biotechnology; (b) Biosafety capacity building; (c) Managing intellectual property rights; and (d) Training and outreach activities.

Main outcomes
1) BioServe (a database on international agricultural biotechnology programs);
2) Research Report (1993) to guide policy makers in establishing national biosafety systems.
3) Series of Agricultural Biotechnology Policy Seminars
4) Biotechnology management training program, primarily in Asia and Africa
5) Reports on national biosafety system analysis (Egypt and Argentina)
6) Conceptual framework and decision-making toolbox (under development) to support biosafety implementation
General thematic area(s)
  • Human resources capacity development and training
  • Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at subregional, regional and international levels
  • Information exchange and data management including participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House
Additional Information
Additional Information
Other collaborating organizations
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (USA)
Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA)
East African Regional Programme and Network on Biotechnology Research, Biosafety and Biotechnology Policy Development (BIO-EARN)
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)