The following is an (incomplete) list of research and capacity building activities conducted by the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS) Policy and the Genetic Resources Policies (GRP1) teams at IFPRI.

Research in progress

1) Gender and public health impacts from Agricultural Biotechnology in China, Philippines and Burkina Faso. A study conducted jointly between CCAP-China and IFPRI funded by IDRC.

2) A study of the potential impact of Bt cotton in Malawi jointly with Bunda College of Agriculture, Malawi.

3) A study of the potential impact of Bt cotton in Kenya jointly with KARI-Kenya and PBS-Kenya.

4) An evaluation of low level presence policy options for unapproved GM commodity imports in Vietnam

5) A State level panel-data analysis of the yield effects of Bt cotton in India

6) A study of the implications of GM crops going off-patents: opportunities and challenges for developing countries

7) A study of the possible trade risks associated with public GM food crops

Planned research

1) Gender and biotech in South Africa: The case of Bt maize

2) A panel data and institutional analysis of Bt cotton in Pakistan

Capacity building activities

1) Training workshops

a. A training on economic methods for assessors for the LAC-Biosafety project lead by CIAT-Colombia, 2009, delivered by IFPRI.

b. A training on economic methods for economists organized by CORPOICA-Colombia and IFPRI, 2004

c. A training for the stakeholder at the RAEIN Africa network that included regulators, policy makers, government officials and other stakeholders, in Pretoria and Johannesburg, South Africa, 2010.

2) Targeted workshops and presentations on specific issues related to socio-economic considerations, cost of compliance with regulations and biosafety, trade related issues and other Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety issues

a. Delegation from Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, South Africa and COMESA visiting IFPRI.

b. Presentations made at SEARCA, University of the Philippines-Los Baños, ICABIOGRAD-Indonesia, Wilton ParkConferences in the U.K., COMESA Secretariat, National Biosafety Committee of Uganda, Escuela Agricola Panamericana –Honduras, World Bank,  Inter American Development Bank, African Development Bank, USAID, USDA, amongst others.

3) Policy roundtables at the international, regional and national levels

a. APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue in Lima Peru (2008), in Hanoi Vietnam (2005), and in Singapore (2009)

b. Delivered two side events on socio-economic issues and methods and cases studies at COP-MOP. One at the COP-MOP in Bonn and the second in Nagoya.

c. Policy roundtables at the International Consortium on Agricultural Research (ICABR) . The next roundtable will be in the 2011 conference to be held in Rome.

4) Longer term capacity building

a. Development of biosafety and biotechnology at Moi University in Kenya

b. Supported training of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students on economic approaches from Uganda, Pakistan, US and others.

c. bECON: A database on the literature on the applied economic impact of LMOs .

d. BIOCONSERV: a database on the literature on the applied economics related to biodiversity.


In progress

1) Development of a roadmap/guideline for socio-economic issues in collaboration between RAEIN-Africa, University of Pretoria, IFPRI and other partners for the SADC countries.

2) Development of training materials and elements of best practice for economic and social assessors on methods, issues, decision making rules and experiences accumulated over time.

3) Ongoing social and economic assessments of potential and actual agricultural LMOs in developing countries.