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National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
5110
Status
Published
Date of creation
2004-02-11 16:04 UTC (Andrea.Sonnino@fao.org)
Date of last update
2006-09-07 13:39 UTC (johanne.huppe@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2006-09-07 13:39 UTC (johanne.huppe@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
FAO Biosafety and Biotechnology Activities
Contact person
Dr. Andrea Sonnino
Senior Agricultural Research Officer
Research and Technology Development Service
Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome
Italy, 00100
Phone:+39 65 705 5499
Fax:+39 65 705 3801
Email:Andrea.Sonnino@fao.org
Url:FAO Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • Global
Donor(s) information
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative
Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) - Biotechnology
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome
Italy, 00100
Phone:+39 06 5 7051
Fax:+39 06 5705 3152
Email:biotech-website@fao.org
Url:Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) - Biotechnology
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Type of Organization: UN Agency
Budget information
FAO member countries
Other international organizations
Availability of funds for participants
Yes
Activity details
Description of the initiative
FAO provides technical assistance and training to its members countries in the field of biosafety and biotechnology, including legal and technical advice for the establishment of appropriate regulatory frameworks in the fields of  biosafety and food safety. It assists countries to have the necessary infrastructures and expertise and to access to up-to-date scientific information as it emerges. In this regard, FAO has implemented various projects aimed at strenghening national capacities in dealing in biosafety of genetically modified organisms (see: http://www.fao.org/sd/sdrr/bio_en.asp).

FAO is addressing biosafety issues principally under the two Priority Areas for Inter-disciplinary Action (PAIAs), namely: 1) Biotechnology in food and agriculture (http://www.fao.org/biotech/act.asp); and 2) Biosecurity for agriculture and food production (http://www.fao.org/biosecurity/).

In 2004, a working group on biosafety was established as a joint initiative of the Biosecurity and Biotechnology Priority Areas for Inter-disciplinary Action (PAIAs) to deal with issues directly related to biosafety.
Some of the ways in which the Working Group on Biosafety will assist the parent PAIAs include:
(a) Providing advice on coordinated Organization-wide approaches to biosafety in FAO's Programme of Work;
(b) Preparing discussion papers, information notes and other materials on biosafety in food and agriculture, including fisheries and forestry, for both internal and external users;
(c) Organizing technical or scientific expert meetings on biosafety in food and agriculture, including fisheries and forestry.
(d) Liaising with peer agencies working in the field of biosafety to ensure coordination of efforts.

The full terms of reference for the FAO Working Group on Biosafety can be accessed at: ftp://ftp.fao.org/es/esn/food/biosafety_tor.pdf

FAO has also developed several instruments that deal with issues pertaining to biosafety including: 1) The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC); 2) A "prior informed consent" system and the draft Code of Conduct on Biotechnology. 3) A draft Code of Conduct on Biotechnology, encompassing a biosafety element; and 4) Several biotechnology networks, including: a) the Plant Biotechnology Network (REDBIO) and b) the Bioinformatics Network on Biotechnology and Biodiversity, in cooperation with UNIDO and UNDP.  5) The Farm-Centred Agricultural Resource Management programme (FARM), which has a subprogramme on biotechnology and biodiversity - implemented jointly with UNDP.

National level activities
Development of national biosafety frameworks
Information exchange & data management
Public awareness, education and participation
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
Goals
To assist countries in elaborating pertinent policies and regulations related to biosafety.

Objectives
To support plant biotechnology development and safe use.
General thematic area(s)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Human resources capacity development and training
  • Technology transfer
  • Information exchange and data management including participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House
Additional Information
Additional Information
Other collaborating organizations
UNIDO
UNDP