Intermediary Biotechnology Service
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CTA. 1994. Intermediary Biotechnology Service. Spore 53. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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National agricultural research systems (NARS) in developing countries now have access to the first comprehensive database of information on international biotechnology programmes related to agriculture. The database was compiled by the Intermediary...
National agricultural research systems (NARS) in developing countries now have access to the first comprehensive database of information on international biotechnology programmes related to agriculture. The database was compiled by the Intermediary Biotechnology Service (IBS) which is an independent advisory service to developing countries on policy and management issues related to biotechnology research. It is based at the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) in The Hague. IBS was launched by ISNAR in February 1993. Its role is to act as an independent advisory service to developing countries on issues of biotechnology policy and management, and on on socio-economic and technical issues. The service operates within ISNAR's Research Policies and System Strategies (RPSS) programme and complements ISNAR's traditional role as an advisor to NARS on issues of agricultural research policy and management. IBS is an extension of work begun in 1988 under a special project, which studied the potential of biotechnology to contribute to increased agricultural productivity in developing countries and the socioeconomic, policy, and management issues that could affect biotechnology's proper introduction. The results of the project were published in a report Agricultural biotechnology: opportunities for international development. One of the report's major findings was the need to establish a body to provide NARS with ready access to information and impartial advice on the best ways of using modern biotechnology to solve agricultural problems, and how to integrate biotechnology into existing agricultural research programmes. The aim of IBS is to provide a set of tools to and work at the national level in assisting NARS to sort out options for the implementation of biotechnology research programmes. The database (BioServe) is only one of the project activities. Information collected for the BioServe database and from its research-management publications will form the background information for regional seminars in Asia, Africa and Latin America that IBS is organizing together with key institutes in these regions. IBS publications include Agricultural biotechnology in developing countries: a crosscountry review; Intellectual property protection of biotechnology: implications and options for developing countries; Biotechnology priorities, planning and policies: a framework for decision making and International initiatives in agricultural biotechnology: a directory of expertise. The first publication is a cross-sectional analysis of the findings from 10 country studies. The second, reviews and discusses the implications of a number of alternatives for intellectual property protection. Dr Joel Cohen Project Manager Intermediary Biotechnology Service ISNAR PO Box 93375 2509 BM The Hague THE NETHERLANDS