National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2009-02-24 11:48 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2010-02-02 09:29 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2010-02-02 09:29 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
Formulation of a National Agricultural Biotechnology Research and Development (R&D) Programme and Investment Plan
Website address
Contact person
Dr. Andrea Sonnino
Senior Agricultural Research Officer
Research and Technology Development Service
Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome
Phone:+39 65 705 5499
Fax:+39 65 705 3801
Url:FAO - Research and Technology Development (SDRR) - Biotechnology and biosafety
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • Sri Lanka
  • Asia - Southern Asia
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Target group: National agricultural research systems (NARS) and research institutes
Start Date
Ending date
Donor(s) information
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative
Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) - Biotechnology
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Italy, 00153
Phone:+39 (0) 6 57051
Fax:+39 (0) 6 570 53152
Url:Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) - Biotechnology
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Type of Organization: UN Agency
Budget information
Activity details
Description of the initiative
Sri Lanka, similar to many other developing countries, has placed high expectations on the use of biotechnology for increased food production for its increasing population. This is of tremendous importance as the population in the next 30 years is predicted to increase by an additional five million people. With the growing population, there is a need to increase food production, but the scope for cultivating more land is limited

The overall objective of the project is to facilitate the application of appropriate biotechnologies in Sri Lanka to improve agricultural production and consequently contribute to the enhancement of food security in the country
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
Specific objectives of the project are to:

a) develop a national research and development (R&D) programme based on the assessment of present capacities, and on the needs and priorities of the country in the area of agricultural biotechnology research;
b) develop an investment plan for 2008-2014 for biotechnology R&D for presentation to potential funding agencies and/or the Government;
c) strengthen the human capacities in agricultural biotechnology R&D.

The expected outcomes are:
a) a national research and development (R&D) programme, including:
i) an assessment of the current status of biotechnology R&D in Sri Lanka (biotechnologies in use, agricultural species involved, human capacity, technology transfer, etc.);
ii) a document with national biotechnology research priorities for the future;
b) an investment plan for biotechnology R&D for 2008-2014;
c) human capacities in biotechnology R&D strengthened, including:
i) scientists trained in important biotechnology areas;
ii) biotechnology training needs for the future identified;
iii) an incentive scheme for scientists engaged in biotechnology research prepared    
General thematic area(s)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at subregional, regional and international levels
  • Biosafety policy and regulation
  • LMO use and transboundary movement