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23) Biotech Colloquium brings together diverse stakeholders (20 March 2003)

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) hosted an International Biotechnology Colloquium – Bridging the Technology Divide: Agri-science alliances and the new architecture of innovation - between 17 and 20 March.

According to Dr William Dar, Director General of ICRISAT, the Colloquium created a unique platform that brought together stakeholders from the global to the local level.

“It is very rare that international and national research institutions, advanced laboratories, private sector, civil society and farmer's organizations come together to discuss ways to use cutting-edge technology for removing poverty,” he said.
In addition to ICRISAT, other members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) – the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) and the CGIAR Central Advisory Service for Intellectual Property – jointly organized the Colloquium.

The CGIAR institutions, including ICRISAT, are involved with biotechnology for improving agricultural productivity and reducing poverty. To work more effectively these institutes are building partnerships with the private sector, civil society and farmers. The Colloquium discussed ways to build on these partnership to develop a new architecture that results in innovation.

ICRISAT's partnership with the private sector has resulted in the setting up of the Technology Innovation Centre. Two other initiatives underway are the Agri-Business Incubator and the Agri-biotech Park as part of the AP Government's Genome Valley project.

ICRISAT also believes that with information technology there are no boundaries for doing research or learning. The proposed Virtual University for the Semi-Arid Tropics can be a platform for linking the stakeholders in biotechnology.

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