SABC & ICRISAT Recommend Measures to Boost PPP in Agriculture ResearchJuly 11, 2018
A set of basic principles and recommendations emerged as part of the first roundtable meeting on "Role of Public-Private Partnership in Agricultural Research, Technology, and Innovation" organized jointly by South Asia Biotechnology Centre and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) supported by Bayer CropScience, held on June 11, 2018 to boost public-private partnership (PPP) in agriculture research, technology, and innovation.
The recommendations emphasize the urgency to put in place a clear policy and institutional mechanism to spur PPP for both the upstream and downstream sides of agricultural value-chain. Below are the recommendations from the roundtable meeting on PPP to overcome concerns raised by stakeholders:
- Recognize PPP in the form of a policy instrument as the most effective mechanism for research, technological innovations, and transfer of technology from lab to land.
- Announce a clear policy statement and develop an institutional mechanism and guidelines on PPP in agriculture with a well-defined scope of activities, roles and responsibilities and time-bound executions.
- Constitute a national level committee for promotion of PPP strategy for progressive growth and development of Indian agriculture.
- Create PPP modules to inspire, educate, and utilize its potential in agriculture.
- Develop guidelines and formalize the PPP framework spanning from joint research and development to product commercialization.
- Decentralize the process of collaboration depending on the kind of PPP.
- Develop guidelines for sharing costs to be incurred by partners on upscaling, evaluation, and commercialization of technologies conceived under PPP model.
- New technologies such as gene editing have emerged as an important tool to improve crop productivity or value of the crop, and therefore there is a strong need for public-private collaborative initiatives to conduct joint R&D for development of varieties fortified with nutrition and resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses
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