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National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
7057
Status
Published
Date of creation
2004-11-08 23:06 UTC (Andrea.Sonnino@fao.org)
Date of last update
2009-02-24 14:26 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2009-02-24 14:26 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
FAO Project on Strengthening the National Capacity in Biotechnology and Biosafety in Grenada (TCP/GRN/2902)
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
00100 Rome
Italy
Phone:+39 65 705 5499
Fax:+39 65 705 3801
Email:Andrea.Sonnino@fao.org
Url:FAO - Research and Technology Development (SDRR) - Biotechnology and biosafety
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • Grenada
  • CBD Regional Groups - Latin America and the Caribbean
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Target group: Members of the national biosafety committee, technicians and officers involved in the RA process, university teachers, extensionists, port authority officers, sustainable development committee members, plant quarantine officers, and small-scale farmers
Start Date
2003-12-01
Ending date
2006-01-18
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)
  • Type of Organization: UN Agency
Budget information
237,000 USD
Activity details
Description of the initiative
Increased food self-sufficiency through increased domestic food production, import substitution and agro-industrial development is a government priority.
Modern biotechnology, if properly managed and integrated with other technologies, is a powerful tool to improve, agricultural production in developing countries, both quantitatively and qualitatively. The development of modern biotechnology, therefore, requires the establishment of a biosafety system, including legal, scientific, technical, and administrative mechanisms that regulate its application and address safety for the environment, including humans, of GMOs
The development of a legislative biosafety framework is therefore deemed essential to the safe introduction of GMOs. Biosafety legislation is also required to comply with the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol. The establishment of a biosafety legislative framework must be accompanied by the development of appropriate human capacities and skills, especially in the area of GMO risk assessment that is necessary for the implementation of biosafety legislation. In particular, before making any decision about the release of GMOs into the environment, the inherent risks must be carefully evaluated in order to identify the measures necessary to avoid or minimize any possible hazard.

National level activities
*Formulate a biosafety bill;

*Train officers indirectly involved in the national biosafety system on general biotechnology concepts and the basic principles of biosafety;

*Train the National Biosafety Committee and other staff directly involved in the national biosafety system, in all the matters related to risk analysis of GMO utilization;

*Develop an information and communication strategy to raise awareness of possible benefits and potential risks of biotechnology application.
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
Goals
*Develop biosafety legislation, which will take into account the local conditions and requirements, comply with international obligations and regulate the import, testing, cultivation, and commercial exploitation of GMOs;

*Improve the skills of the National Biosafety Committee members and other relevant officers and technicians in risk analysis of GMOs utilization;

*Enhance the awareness of the public and farmers of the potential benefits and possible risks of modern biotechnology applications in Grenada.

Objectives
The objectives are to:
• develop a biosafety legislation, which will take into account the local conditions and requirements, comply with international obligations and regulate the import, testing, cultivation, and commercial exploitation of GMOs;
• improve skill of the National Biosafety Committee members and other relevant officers and technicians in risk analysis of GMOs utilization;
• enhance public and farmers' awareness of the potential benefits and possible risks of modern biotechnology applications in Grenada.

The main outputs of the project are:

• a draft biosafety bill formulated, which is consistent with the national legislation in force and in harmony with existing international conventions (e.g., CBD, Cartagena Protocol, International Treaty on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, IPPC, Codex Alimentarius, etc.) and which considers national needs and local conditions;

• about 50 officers from relevant ministries or other authorities, indirectly involved in the national biosafety system, trained on general biotechnology concepts and the basic principles of biosafety;

• about 20 members of the National Biosafety Committee and other staff, directly involved in the national biosafety system, trained in all the matters related to risk analysis of GMO utilization;

• an information/communication strategy and a multimedia work plan to raise awareness of possible benefits and potential risks of biotechnology application and the importance of the safe transfer, handling and use of GMOs in agriculture developed, information materials prepared, validated and released and communication activities launched.   
General thematic area(s)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at subregional, regional and international levels
  • Public awareness, participation and education in biosafety
  • Biosafety policy and regulation
  • LMO use and transboundary movement