International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)
ISAAA is a not-for-profit international organization that shares the benefits of crop biotechnology with various stakeholders through knowledge sharing initiatives, as well as through the transfer and delivery of proprietary biotechnology applications. ISAAA has an information network composed of the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, Biotechnology Information Centers, and country links in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Through their connection with the Cornell Alliance for Science, ISAAA hopes to share experiences and multi-media resources with the Cornell team and its partners in fostering greater awareness and understanding of biotechnology among various stakeholders.
OFAB is a partnership program established in 2006 by the AATF as a platform to facilitate regular conversations and the exchange of credible information on biotechnology. OFAB aims at enhancing knowledge sharing and awareness on biotechnology to raise understanding and appreciation of agricultural biotechnology. Through partnership with the Cornell Alliance for Science, OFAB hopes to realize a well-coordinated global approach to biotechnology communication and advocacy, involving support from various stakeholders—scientific experts, policy makers/managers, development partners, media, and farmers—to positively change public perceptions toward modern biotechnology. This will lead to increased adoption of GM products in Africa and the rest of the world.
Uganda Biosciences Information Center (UBIC), National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), Uganda
UBIC is an information hub that contributes to raising awareness and educating the public about the agricultural research within and outside of NARO. The hub also provides information about products, technologies, and practices that African farmers should consider to improve the quality and quantity of their outputs. Through partnership with the Cornell Alliance for Science, UBIC/NARO hopes to train African scientists and champions from other disciplines in effective science communication, and to develop messages and terminologies that are more publicly friendly and relevant.
International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
International Programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (IP-CALS) at Cornell University is forward-thinking and future-leaning. We promote and facilitate global initiatives at home and abroad that involve the college’s faculty and students in international learning, research, and outreach. IP-CALS offer undergraduate and graduate curricula that helps students become leaders and improve lives on a global scale. We bring scientists from around the world together to solve international agriculture and rural development problems through multidisciplinary basic and applied research, and offer short- and long-term learning experiences for hundreds of international visitors each year. Alliance for Science is IP-CALS newest initiative.
Farmers & Friends
Farmers&Friends.org recognizes that public interest in agriculture and the stewardship of natural resources is, arguably, at an all-time high. People want to know where their food comes from and how it is produced. Evidence of these trends can be seen in the proliferation of farmers’ markets, locavore movements, and ‘buy local’ campaigns. Meanwhile, the average American farmer, almost 60 nowadays, is a growing concern. How will we cultivate the next generation of farmers? The rising cost of food, too, is a serious issue. People are rightly alarmed by the high cost of staples and our dependence on imported food. To address these concerns, Farmers&Friends.org is interested in what works, and want to understand what makes farmers succeed—inputs, resources, labor, capital, learning curves and good land management practices.
Boyce Thompson Institute
Boyce Thompson Institute is a premier plant science research institution located in Ithaca, New York on the Cornell University campus. BTI scientists conduct investigations into fundamental plant research with the goals of increasing food security, improving environmental sustainability in agriculture and making basic discoveries that will enhance human health. Throughout this work, BTI is committed to inspiring and educating students and to providing advanced training for the next generation of scientists.
In partnership with the Cornell Alliance for Science, BTI aims to broaden the impact and reach of its work toward improving food quality and availability in the developing world.
Rothamsted Research is the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for nearly 170 years. Its mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production.
Science Foundation for Livelihoods and Development (SCIFODE)
Science Foundation for Livelihoods and Development is a Uganda-registered pioneer not-for-profit civil society organization that promotes science and technology in Uganda and Eastern African region countries. It focuses on Linking Science to Society through public awareness, public engagement, policy advocacy and demystification of new and emerging scientitic innovations and technologies. Its Vision is to be Africa’s leading and most influential science and technology and technology promotional not-for-profit organization with a major global stake. Its mission is to promote the application of science, technology and effective management of natural resources for sustainable development. Its Motto is “Linking Science to Society, Impacting Lives” Since its inception in 2006, SCIFODE has been at the fore-front of public engagement on new and emerging agricultural biotechnologies in Uganda through high-level policy engagements, with efforts presently geared at the passage of the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012. It is also the Convenor (with partners) of Uganda’s Biennial National Agricultural Biosciences Conferences (#NABIO2013, #NABIO2015,…). It supports a number of programs and projects in Uganda with Communication support, and has a grass-root network of communication nodes across the Uganda through which grassroot biotech communication and public engagement, information dissemination programs have been implemented over the years. It also maintains close working relationship with the Uganda Science Journalists Association through which collaboration, a number of media activities are implemented such as the monthly media BioCafes.