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Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherché Agronomique pour le Développement. (CIRAD)


CIRAD is a semi public French R&D institute, oriented to international cooperation, employing 1 800 persons (1/3 outside of France) with headquarters in Montpellier, France. The ES department includes several research units (UR) that relate to international trade policy, supply chain competitiveness, impact assessment etc. The UMR MOISA (Markets, Organisation, Institutions and Strategies) research team investigates the conditions for sustainable development of agrifood systems in emergent and developing countries.

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Grupo CEO S.A. (CEO)


Grupo CEO is an Argentine private company, focusing on research and advisory services on economic, social, institutional and management issues in Latin-American countries. Its main areas of work include public policy design and implementation, the analysis and implementation of development strategies, the sustainable management of natural resources, rural and local development issues, competition policy analysis, and institutional and management development in public and private sector institutions, with emphasis in the rural and agricultural sector, science and technology and education.

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Instituut voor Plantenbiotechnologie voor Ontwikkelingslanden, Ghent University


The Institute for Plant biotechnology for Developing Countries (IPBO) was founded in 2000 by Em.
Prof. Dr. Marc Van Montagu as the latest milestone in a lifetimes’ dedication to global plant biotechnology research and its application. IPBO today is an internationally recognised centre for training on plant biotechnology, biosafety and international regulations that govern the cultivation of genetically modified plants. IPBO is strategically networked at the highest level on the one hand with cutting edge R&D centres, policy makers and industrial leaders in the developed countries, whilst also playing a key role within international organizations focused on the needs of developing, particularly with UNIDO.

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Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (IBET)


IBET is a private not for profit Portuguese institution created in 1989 to integrate and strengthen biological and biochemical knowledge from its academic and industrial partners into technology and transfer it into economic wealth and job creation. Science and technology are used together to ensure the translational application of competences from early stage discovery to final production and processes. Its private equity (majority) ensures that IBET is run as a private SME. It runs 16 laboratories (70m2 each) in the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB) building, and owns an adjacent bio pilot plant of 2000 m2, which started to operate in 1994.

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Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados (CINESTAV)


The Laboratorio Nacional de Genomica para la Biodiversidad (Langebio) is a leading Institute in Plant Biotechnology in Mexico. Langebio focuses in molecular biology and genomics of plants and microbes native of Mexico to develop biotechnological applications for agriculture and the preservation of natural resources and has 25 years of experiences in international scientific collaborations and technology transfer. Langebio is currently sequencing several plants genomes and has trained students and scientists from over 8 countries in Latin America.



Wageningen University and Research (WUR)


Wageningen University was founded in 1918 in the Netherlands. In recent decades it has evolved into one of the world’s leading education and research centres in the plant, animal, environmental, agrotechnological, food and social sciences. Its mission is stated as follows: "Wageningen University wishes to develop and disseminate the scientific knowledge needed to sustainably supply society’s demand for sufficient, healthy food and a good environment for humans, animals and plants" and develop biorefinery processes that lead to components that each can be used at their highest value. GMO technologies will help to decrease the requirements for high field yields, increase the value of the composition of different crops as well as their processability.

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The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)


As part of the CGIAR group, CIAT based in Colombia, aims to reduce hunger and poverty in the tropics through research that increases the eco-efficiency of agriculture. The research strategy of the Natural Resources and Genetics Program focuses on the exploitation of the genetic resources for sources of genes for disease –pest resistance, a-biotic stress, nutritional quality, added value traits and yield potential. The programs integrate breeding, biotechnological techniques including molecular markers, genomics, tissue culture. The Decision and Policy Analysis Program CIAT, like some LAC partners, is well placed to take advantage of these new scientific tools and develop a new knowledge based economy for LAC.

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Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnologia e Innovacion Productiva (MINCYT)


The Argentine Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation is the national scientific and technological policy body of the National Executive Power of Argentina. The Directorate of International Relations of MINCyT directs bilateral and multilateral cooperation, involving amongst others agreements with the Global Change Research (IAI), the International Center on Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), the Latin American Network on Biological Sciences (RELAB). It is also responsible for the R@ices Program-network of Argentine Researchers and Scientists abroad. With regard to the Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology theme, MINCYT has cocoordinated with CIRAD the FP6 project ALCUEFOOD, and participated in GO-GLOBAL (FP7), FOOD-N-CO (FP7) and BIO-CIRCLE (FP7) and EURALINET an IncoNet project aimed at improving the EU-Latin-American countries dialogue and participation in all FP7 themes. Of relevance to the present proposal MINCYT is also the administrative agency for BIOTESUR Platform an EU/MERCOSUR funded initiative directed to promote agricultural and food biotechnology development and exploitation in the MERCOSUR countries, with the long term objective to increase the competitiveness of regional products in the international markets (

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Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa)


The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) was established in the year 1973, linked to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, with the mission of providing feasible solutions for the sustainable development of the agricultural sector through knowledge and technology generation and transfer. Networking through 41 Research Centers distributed among the several regions of Brazil and classified as Service Centers, Product Research Centers, Basic Themes Research Centers and Agro Forestry Research Centers or Centers for Agricultural Research in Brazilian Ecological Regions. There are approximately 8,500 employees at Embrapa, of which about 2,100 are researchers, almost 80% with doctoral degrees developing researches in the areas of biotechnology, clean technologies, sustainable use of environmental resources, biofuels and biosafety and the assessment of social, economic and environmental impact of technologies, among others.

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ICG-3: Phytosphere – Forschungszentrum Jülich (Jülich)


The ICG-3: Phytosphere is an institute of the Forschungszentrum Jülich (Jülich, Germany). The Forschungszentrum Jülich has 4300 employees with about 1500 scientists. FZJ has 14 institutes with a multidisciplinary research portfolio on structure of matter, energy, informational technology, life and environmental science. It is member of the Helmholtz Association. The ICG-3: Phytosphere was founded 2001 and holds 4 research divisions and 5 junior groups with an 110 institutes members doing research ranging from basic and applied topics. Main topics in the ICG-3:Phytosphere are plant growth and metabolism, transport in plants and exchange of plants with their changing environment in the context of the establishment of a sustainable bioeconomy.
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Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ)


Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is a private higher education institution founded in 1623. It is one of the oldest and most traditional Colombian universities, directed by the Society of Jesus. The University in Bogotá has 18 Schools comprising 62 departments and 197 academic programs catering to different areas of knowledge, giving the university its multidisciplinary nature. The Javeriana University has 180 research groups enrolled at the Technical Secretariat of the National Science and Technology System – COLCIENCIAS, developing research projects in the natural sciences, mathematic areas, in social and human sciences, theology, health, education, economics, management, engineering, architecture, design, urban development, and arts.
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Instituto Inter-Americano de Cooperación para la Agricultura (IICA)


The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is the specialized cooperation agency of the Inter-American System in dealing with agricultural issues. Headquarter is in San José, Costa Rica, and has offices in each of 34 countries of the Americas. IICA Office in Uruguay – manages a portfolio of projects in response to national and regional demands. Among the latter, IICA participates actively and co-finances different types of regional projects located at IICA Office in Uruguay. At the political level, IICA is the secretariat of Agriculture Ministers of MERCOSUR plus Chile and Bolivia. This political forum is related with REDPA that is network of Directors of Agricultural Policies of Southern Cone. Also, IICA supports and co finances Permanent Veterinarian Committee of MERCOSUR and PROCISUR. This regional mechanism has 30 years of existence and is a joint effort of National Agricultural Research Institutes in developing and promoting technological and institutional innovations.



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