Technical Cooperation Network on Agricultural Biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean

Red de Cooperación Técnica en Biotecnologia Agropecuaria para América Latina y el Caribe (REDBIO)

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Nov 1990, Santiago (Chile), in the framework of FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (FAO/RLC), as proposed, June 1989, Luxembourg, at Symposium on Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries, organized by FAO and CTA, and as agreed, Nov 1990, at the Round Table for the Establishment of a Technical Cooperation Network among Plant Biotechnology Laboratories. Began functioning Dec 1990. Original title: Technical Cooperation Network on Plant Biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean -- Red de Cooperación Técnica en Biotecnologia Vegetal en América Latina y el Caribe.


Accelerate the process of adaptation, generation, transfer and application of plant biotechnology and biosafety to contribute to the solution of crop production constraints and genetic resources conservation for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean; constitute a technical forum to support the formulation of national and regional policy and strategy in plant biotechnology for agricultural development; promote and facilitate exchange of information and research results among network members throughout modern data management and communication systems; promote and support the exchange of resources and biologic materials and the access to new technologies throughout horizontal co-operative activities among members and with advanced laboratories from abroad; support training activities at the regional level including the formation, qualification and updating of human resources; promote and support updating of knowledge through organization and participation of members in international forums and symposia; promote complementation among research groups and facilitate assistance mechanisms on plant biotechnology and/or other technical areas, among members and with advanced institutions from abroad; promote preparation and application of a 'Code of Conduct on Plant Biotechnology' that will favour, standardize and adapt the use of concerted concepts in biosecurity, regulation, ethics and socio-economic impact of biotechnology.

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Current priorities: interlinking FAO work programme to Network priorities; integrating other UN/regional agencies adn CGIAR centres to Network activities; updating information and establishing modern systematized access to main data bank of ag-biotechnology laboratories and professionals related to ag-biotechnology; promoting establishment of private foundations in each country, linked to Network scope, purpose, objectives and activities; promoting positive public perception of biotechnology in countries of the region; publishing and distributing graphic and video materials for education and/or distance learning of biotechnology; promoting and effective communication of the ag-biotechnology; identifying priorities and preparing project profiles; supporting preparation of FAO Code of Conduct on Plant Biotechnology; collaborating with BAC/UNESCO programme for short term scholarships; supporting and promoting participation of plant biotechnology experts from abroad into academic and research activities at laboratories of the Network; promoting and supporting establishment of national REDBIO networks; offering technical backstop to national or regional programmes for development of appropriate plant biotechnology; organizing technical meetings on relevant issues for development and application of plant biotechnology; distributing updated information on plant biotechnology through electronic bulletins and publications; formulating integrated national biotechnology programmes focusing on biosafety, sustainable conservation and use of PGR and development of appropriate plant biotechnology.


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Subjects *

  • Biosciences
    • Biotechnology
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Agriculture
  • Technology
    • Technical
  • Solidarity
    • Cooperation

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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