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National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
9010
Status
Published
Date of creation
2005-05-12 07:26 UTC (erie.tamale@biodiv.org/27)
Date of last update
2009-02-25 12:22 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2009-02-25 12:22 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
FAO's Initiative on capacity building for GMO detection in seed samples
Contact person
Andrea Sonnino
Senior Agricultural Research Officer
Research and Technology Development Service, Research Extension and Training Division
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome 00100
Italy
Phone:+39 06 5705 5499
Fax:+39 06 5705 5731
Email:andrea.sonnino@fao.org
Url:http://www.fao.org/sd/sdrr/bio_en.asp
Dr. Kakoli Ghosh
Agriculture Officer (Capacity Building)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome
Italy, 00153
Phone:+39 06 57054533
Fax:+39 06 57056347
Email:kakoli.ghosh@fao.org
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • Global
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Target group: Seed technicians from national agencies and other relevant stakeholders
Start Date
2002-01-01
Ending date
2005-12-31
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: FAO - Seed and genetic resources Service (AGPS)
  • Type of Organization: UN Agency
Budget information
300,000 USD
Activity details
Description of the initiative
The Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources Service of FAO assists developing countries and those with economies in transition in technical capacity building for seed testing and variety verification, including GM seeds and varieties in collaboration with International Seed Testing Association (ISTA). 

Hands-on training courses on  Electrophoretic Methods and PCR-Techniques for Variety Verification and GMO detection  are conducted at the regional and sub -regional levels throughout the world. Seven pratical courses have been conducted till May 2005.
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
Objectives
Through these workshops the aim is to train the seed technicians from national agencies and other relevant stakeholders in methods of verification of species, cultivars and hybrids, as well as qualitative and quantitative GMO detection.

Around 250 technical staff from 80 countries were involved in the following training workshops:
1.Carribean and Central America Sub region : Kingston, Jamaica, 2005
2.Greater Mekong Sub-region : Beijing, China 2005
3.Near East and North Africa Cairo, Egypt, 2004
4.Central and Eastern Europe Lubliana, Slovenia, 2004
5.Asia Pacific: Bangkok, Thailand, November 2003
6.Southern and Eastern Africa Johannesburg, South Africa, 2003
7.Latin America and Caribbean: Buenos Aires, 2002
General thematic area(s)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at subregional, regional and international levels
  • LMO use and transboundary movement
Additional Information
Additional Information
Implemented in 80 countries worldwide.

Other collaborating organizations
International Seed Testing Association (ISTA)