The ISAAA Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology initiative arose in response to a request from senior policy makers and national program leaders in Southeast Asia with the principal goal to share knowledge on all aspects of crop biotechnology for all stakeholders, including consumers, farmers, policy makers, scientists, academe, and the media in developing countries. The Knowledge Center collects and distributes an authoritative and well-documented information and knowledge base on all aspects of crop biotechnology specifically tailored to meet the needs of developing countries. The Knowledge Center uses different communication strategies (publications, websites, videos, stakeholder workshops, and study tours) to help provide an enabling environment for the safe application of crop biotechnology, and promote the public understanding of crop biotechnology.
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly summary of world developements in agri-biotechnology produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology. Concise news on crop and animal biotechnology, new breeding innovations, and related fields in agriculture are published weekly through a subscription service. The Crop Biotech Update has two supplements, Genome Editing (twice monthly) and Gene Drive (one a month) to feature more articles on these highly discussed topics.
At the heart of the KC are Biotechnology Information Centers or BICs. They respond to specific information needs, promote and advance a broader public understanding of crop biotechnology and monitor the local agri-biotech environment. There are 19 fully operational national/regional nodes located in three continents.
ISAAA develops an array of publications, videos, and presentation slides on various topics. These are available in hard copy, or in electronic format. Many of the materials are downloadable from ISAAA’s website. While most of the materials can be purchased online, hard copies are available for free to eligible nationals of developing countries.
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The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.