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SABC & ICRISAT Recommend Measures to Boost PPP in Agriculture Research

July 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

For more information about PPP in agricultural research, technology, and innovation, visit the SABC and ICRISAT websites.