WorldTAP faculty Dr. Jane Payumo led a special session on intellectual property, innovations and global food security at the recently concluded IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) on October 15, 2016. Dr. Payumo was joined by thought leaders, scientists and intellectual property practitioners from Washington State University (Dr. Sita Pappu, Director, Office of Commercialization), BioVentures for Global Health (Dr. Katy Graef, Assistant Director) and Cornell University (Dr. Frank Shotkoski, Director, Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II) (L-R in the picture). The special session presented models and case studies of the successful transfer, use and deployment of agriculture and
The special session presented models and case studies of the successful transfer, use and deployment of agriculture and food related intellectual properties for global humanitarian purposes. Beyond sharing their institutional stories and case studies, the panel also interacted and exchanged perspectives with participants on how humanitarian technology access, management and commercialization can help improve livelihood in developing countries, and shared best practices to ensure sustainable development. IEEE GHTC 2016 was held from October 12-15, 2016 in Seattle, WA.
Michigan State University in collaboration with partners in India implemented a 10-day study tour program for 14 regulators, policy makers, legal specialists and senior administrators from nine (9) ABNE focus countries in Africa from January 16 – 27, 2016. The study tour program was implemented at three locations in India – New Delhi, Aurangabad/Jalna, and Hyderabad in collaboration with public and private sector institutions.
The study tour program started with basics of Biotechnology and Biosafety and included active interactions with regulators, government officials, industry representatives, public sector scientists, local farmers and other relevant stakeholders in India as well as laboratory, greenhouses, and field visits. The Biosafety tool-kit and informational resources developed under the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) in India were shared with the participants.
The Government of India organized a special half-day session on India-Africa Partnership in Agriculture, Food Security and Biosafety. There are over 300 seed companies in India. The ABNE group visited six (6) prominent seed companies and were able to see the B.t Cotton and other hybrid crops in the field and benefit from the experiences of India (B.t cotton, other field crops and vegetables). All of the 6 seed companies visited shared their technology development, regulatory, commercialization, and stewardship experiences and expressed a strong interest to collaborate with countries in Africa.
After the study tour program, a systematic follow-up was done with the participants and other stakeholders in the ABNE target countries. The linkages developed from the study tour have resulted in access to B.t. cotton technology and multi-location field trials of B.t. cotton in Ethiopia and Swaziland.
Michigan State University in collaboration with the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Bejo Sheetal Biosciences Foundation (BSBF) in India successfully implemented a 10-day study tour program from January 17 – 27, 2016 for 14 delegates from 9 ABNE focus countries in Africa. The study tour program was implemented at three locations in India – New Delhi, Aurangabad/Jalna, and Hyderabad in collaboration with public and private sector institutions. Below are a few photos of the study tour visits and interactions.
The study tour program started with basics of Biotechnology and Biosafety and included active interactions with regulators, government officials, industry representatives, public sector scientists, local farmers and other relevant stakeholders as well as laboratory, greenhouse, and field visits. The Biosafety tool-kit and resources developed under the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) in India were shared with the participants. The Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS) organized a special half-day session on India-Africa Partnership in Agriculture, Food Security and Biosafety.
There are currently about 500 seed companies in India. The ABNE group visited 6 prominent seed companies and were impressed with the B..t Cotton and other Hybrid crops experiences of India (B.t cotton, other field crops and vegetable crops). The seed companies visited included the following:
1. Rasi Seeds Pvt. Ltd. – New Delhi
2. Nath Seeds Pvt. Ltd. – Aurangabad
3. Mahyco Seeds Company – Jalna
4. Bejo Sheetal/Kalash Seeds Pvt. Ltd. – Jalna
5. Advanta Seeds Ltd. – Hyderabad
6. J.K. Agri-Genetics Ltd. – Hyderabad
All of the 6 seed companies visited shared their technology development, regulatory, commercialization, and stewardship experiences and are ready to collaborate with countries in Africa. The J.K. Seeds is planning to commercialize their B.t. cotton Hybrids in Sudan. The Mahyco Seed Company has started demonstration trials in few countries in Africa. The Nath Seeds and J.K. Seeds have licensed B.t. genes (Chinese B.t. Gene and a B.t. Gene from a public institution in India). They are willing to develop partnerships with institutions in Africa and are ready to commercialize their B..t cotton technology in countries in Africa.
Overall, it was a rich experience for the ABNE group and is expected to have a big impact in terms of access to B.t. cotton and Hybrid crops technology and also on regulatory decisions in Africa. Dr. Silas Obukosia (ABNE Operations Manager) and Dr. Moussa Savadogo (ABNE Program Officer) from the ABNE Team attended the study tour program and represented the two nodes of ABNE. Together, we will follow-up with the participants and other stakeholders in the ABNE target countries and provide continued support.
2016 World Food Prize Side-Event
“Harnessing New Science, Technology, and Innovation for Sustainable Africa’s Food Security and Economic Growth”
October 12-14, 2016 Marriott Downtown Des Moines Hotel, IA
Agriculture is Africa’s main economic growth engine, employing at least 60% of the workforce. While the continent has experienced tremendous economic growth over the past decade and a half, it is clear that agricultural productivity and food security will continue to be a major concern over a large segment of the population for year to come. Many projects, discussions and activities have focused on how to raise productivity using limited natural resources and conserve the environment at the same time. This side-event, which is sponsored by the African Union/NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency’s (NPCA) Africa Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) program, Michigan State University and the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa is to explore and discuss the institutional, policy and technical constraints hampering Africa’s use of science, technology and innovation (STI) to break through the food productivity and security impasse. The panel featured speakers from AATF, NPCA/ABNE, NCA/AGRH, AAAPD, and MSU who highlighted agricultural biotechnology policy issues that are still a major concern, the progress made so far by many African countries in developing appropriate regulatory regimes, and the opportunities rendered by various public-private partnerships (PPPs) in agri-business to chart win-win pathways going forward.
India-Africa Collaboration in Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges
Countries in Africa and Asia can benefit from science and technology innovations and markets through South-South collaborations. India for instance has a growing and diversified seed sector. With similar agro-climatic and socio-economic conditions, a numbers of technologies especially improved tropically-adapted that can benefit African farmers. This collaboration is a win-win position for both India and Africa. To facilitate dialogue, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) organized a meetings from October 2013 organized the International conference on India-Africa Agriculture Cooperation forum on Tuesday, 6 October 2015 in Hyderabad. Specialists from India, USA, and a number of African countries as well as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) agency shared their experiences and insight on the topic. Dr. Karim Maredia and Dr. Ruth Mbabazi from the WorldTAP team were invited to a panel covering “Dynamics of International Regulations in Seed agy and Innovation: New Avenues and
International Food Safety Workshop: Best Practices and Policies in Food Safety Implementation
Organized by: FSSAI, TERI and MSU
November 9 – 11, 2010, India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India
An international workshop on “Best Practices and Polices in food safety implementation” was jointly organized by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and Michigan State University (MSU). The workshop included more than 60 participants from various regulatory agencies, research institutes, food industry, universities, NGOs, and non-profit organizations in India. In addition, six representatives from USA, Australia, and Thailand attended the workshop and shared their experiences in food safety implementation.
A policy brief was developed at the workshop and can be accessed here. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Nanda Joshi ((517) 355-8725; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Karim Maredia ((517) 353-5262; email@example.com)
Special Panelists with WorldTAP's Prof. Karim Maredia
Panelist Aline Flower (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) Interacts with MSU Law Student
The 2012 Annual International Law Symposium, Modern Global Revolution, hosted by Michigan State University College of Law, collaborated with The World Technology Access Program (WorldTAP) of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Prof. Karim Maredia, Director of the WorldTAP organized and moderated a special panel on Intellectual Property and Global Food Security: IP Rights, Innovation, and the Needs of 7 Billion, exploring the impacts of intellectual property rights on technology transfer to produce enough food for a rapidly growing world population in a sustainable manner. This topic was discussed by well respected panelists from both private and public organizations influencing international food security, including Professor David Douches (MSU), Ms. June Blalock (USDA-ARS), Ms. Aline Flower (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Ms. Elizabeth Vancil (Monsanto Company), Dr. J. Vern Long (USAID), Professor Michael Blakeney (University of Western Australia), and Dr. Jane Payumo (Washington State University). More than seventy-five participants representing MSU faculty, Law School students, and international development specialist attended this special panel.
University of Jaffna hosts delegation from Michigan State University in December 2010
At the invitation of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jaffna, a seven-member delegation from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU traveled to Sri Lanka in December 2010 and visited the University of Jaffna (http://www.jfn.ac.lk
). The MSU team met and interacted with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Shanmugalingam, faculty members, and students of the University of Jaffna. The MSU team also made field visits and met with the farmers and farmers’ self-help groups working on community-based programs related to conservation agriculture, crops, fruits and vegetables, fisheries, fishnets, extraction of oils, and palm-based products.
WorldTAP has been involved in biotechnology development and capacity building activities in Sri Lanka since 2004. As part of these collaborations, Associate Director of WorldTAP, Dr. Cholani Weebadde, participated in a recently concluded Biotechnology workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka (September 27 – October 5). The workshop was sponsored by the US Embassy. Dr. Weebadde presented several talks and led discussions on biosafety issues, risk assessment, Intellectual Property Rights and global status of biotech crops. Read more on:
Today World Technology Access Program (WorldTAP) is pleased to launch its new website at http://worldtap.msu.edu/. The url has not changed but the website has undergone a complete upgrade and been rebuilt from the ground up. We hope you enjoy the new look and layout!