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International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) is a non-profit international organization that shares agricultural biotechnology, focusing on genetic engineering.

International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)
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TypeNot for profit organization
PurposeTechnology transfer, Knowledge Sharing, Capacity Building, Impact Assessment of GM Crops
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ISAAA operates three regional centers; ISAAA SEAsiaCenter, ISAAA AfriCenter and ISAAA AmeriCenter. ISAAA SEAsiaCenter is hosted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. This center also serves as the Global Coordination Office as well as the home of the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology.[1] ISAAA AfriCenter is hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) located in Nairobi, Kenya.[2] ISAAA AmeriCenter is located in Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. It serves as the administrative and financial headquarters of the organization.

Global Knowledge Center on Crop BiotechnologyEdit

The Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology is the information network of ISAAA. It published a weekly e-newsletter called Crop Biotech Update that summarizes global news on agricultural biotechnology.[3] CBU also comes with a bi-weekly Biofuels Supplement that features new developments in energy crops production, processing, Policy, and Economics..[4]

Donor organisationsEdit

The ISAAA receives funding from both public and private donors. Some of the ISAAA's funding agencies and companies include the USDA, US Grains Council, Monsanto, Bayer, two banks – Fondazione Bussolera in Italy and Ibercaja in Spain, USAID and the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II.[5]

Annual Report on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM CropsEdit

The organization releases an annual publication on the global status of commercially approved genetically engineered crops. The publication is authored by Clive James, the founder and chair emeritus of ISAAA. The annual brief provides research on global trends in the adoption of major biotech crops since they were first planted commercially. Various environmental groups have accused the ISAAA of inflating the size and impact of genetically modified crops in their report.[6][7] James says that the report is base on a multiple public and private sources and that he considers it conservative.[6]

The 2015 report says that "18 million farmers planted 179.7 million hectares of biotech crops in 28 countries, a marginal decrease of 1% (1.8 million hectares) from 2014."[8] As per International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA)’s latest ‘Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/ GM Crops in 2017’ report, India has the world’s fifth largest cultivated area under genetically modified (GM) crops. The country with the highest area under transgenic crops, at 75 mh, is the United States.

GM approval databaseEdit

ISAAA documents approved GM crops worldwide and presents them in a database available in the organization's website. Each biotech event is featured with a brief description about the crop, trait, transformation method, developer, and summary of regulatory approval. Entries in the database were sourced from Biotechnology Clearing Houses/Regulatory Institutions of approving countries.


  1. ^ "Onesite Master".
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Indonesia Biotechnology Information Center Archived 16 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ a b Editorial, Reuters. "Greens accuse biotech industry of inflating GM data". Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  7. ^ "GMO industry group sees growing global acceptance". Reuters. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Acreage for Genetically Modified Crops Declined in 2015". The New York Times. 13 April 2016.

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