The ISAAA Knowledge Center initiative arose in response to a request from senior policy makers and national program leaders in Southeast Asia. The principal goal is to share knowledge on all aspects of crop biotechnology for all stakeholders, including consumers, farmers, policy makers, scientists, and the media in developing countries. Visit the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology.
Over the past decade, ISAAA has been facilitating the transfer of proprietary technologies from the private sector in industrial countries for the benefit of subsistence farmers and the poor. ISAAA is strengthening this effort by facilitating the exchange of technology, skills and experience between developing countries for their mutual benefit.
Impact assessment studies involve estimating the economic, social, and environmental impacts of crop biotechnology. Impact studies usually employ scientific methods drawn from economics and the social sciences providing metrics of welfare effects of crop biotechnology adoption to include economic surplus, farm-level productivity and income, indices of health and nutrition, and indices of environmental footprints.
ISAAA helps manage various technical assistance programs. These activities gear towards diversifying the biotech products in the market, in enhancing the public’s awareness on the safe and responsible use of modern biotechnology, and in improving farm productivity and income through the sharing and exchange of knowledge and technologies.
John Templeton Foundation Project
Project Title: Adoption and Uptake Pathways of GM/Biotech Crops by Small-scale, Resource-poor Farmers: Comparative Studies in China, India, and the Philippines
This project aims to analyze the dynamics of adoption and uptake pathways of biotech crops in the three countries and the changes these have brought about in resource-poor farmers’ lives. This project will forward concrete empirical basis for understanding farmer adoption of biotech crops of which very little information is available from the developing world. It will provide insights into developing paradigms and strategies to increase farmer acceptation and adoption of a beneficial technology.