International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has substantial research and extension activities in cowpea, including breeding, biotechnology, and technology development and dissemination.
The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) seeks to help small holder African farmers gain access to existing technologies through partnerships with public and private-sector entities. AATF has a partnership with NGICA to promote increased cowpea productivity and utilization.
Bean/Cowpea Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) has four cowpea projects dealing with breeding, genetic improvement, food science and processing, and economics/marketing.
Rockefeller Foundation is a global knowledge based foundation with a commitment to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world. The Africacrops website deals with agricultural issues.
Public Understand of Biotechnology This is a South African government-initiated website, initially funded for three-years aimed at improving the Public Understanding of Biotechnology that promotes informed decision making among the population. They have excellent cartoons and poster for distribution.
Information Systems for Biotechnology (ISB) . Here you will find documents and searchable databases pertaining to the development, testing, and regulatory review of genetically-modified plants, animals, and microorganisms within the US and abroad
East African Regional Programme and Research Network for Biotechnology, Biosafety and Biotechnology Policy Development (BIO-EARN) The overall objectives of the BIO-EARN Programme are to: enable countries in the East Africa region to develop biotechnologies and policies according to their own needs, abilities and opportunities, promote collaboration in biotechnology, biosafety and biotechnology policy development to address key challenges and opportunities in the region; and foster communication nationally and regionally between scientists, policy makers, biosafety regulatory officials and private sector.
Cartagena Biosafety Protocol (CBP) This is the main site of information about the CPB, including background and full text of agreement, articles, updated list of signatures and notifications, meetings and documents of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Cartagena Protocol (ICCP), the Biosafety Clearing House, and a database of biosafety capacity-building activities.
International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) The Biosafety Unit of the ICGEB is dedicated to biosafety and risk assessment for the environmental release of genetically modified organisms. It offers information on biosafety concerns, upcoming meetings and training courses, and regularly updated index of selected scientific articles published on biosafety and risk assessment from 1990 onwards. This site also carries an outstanding collection of links to databases on GMO releases. Scientific bibliographies, decision support systems, patents and other topics.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for the regulation of products derived through biotechnology including plants, animal feeds and feed ingredients, fertilizers, and veterinary biologics. For genetically modified crop plants the CFIA assesses potential risk, costs and benefits, environmental impacts, policy and more.
The UNEP-GEF (United Nations Environment Program - Global Environment Facility) Biosafety Project is funded by the Global Environmental Facility and is based on the Initial Strategy for assisting countries to prepare for entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The main objectives of this strategy are to assist countries in the establishment of their national biosafety frameworks; promote information sharing and collaboration, especially at regional and sub-regional levels; and promote collaboration with other organizations to assist capacity-building for the CPB.
The International Service for the Acquisition of Ag-biotech Applications (ISAAA)'s activities and initiatives in biosafety, food safety, intellectual property, and technology transfer.
The Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology section is organized into several main areas. The Global Network provides a status of biotechnology in developing countries of Asia, South America and Africa . Crop Biotech Update is a weekly summary of world developments in agricultural biotechnology for developing countries.
Website: http://www.isaaa.org/activities/knowledge center.htm
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) , in conjunction with the field staff of the US Food and Administration, is responsible for promoting and protecting the public health by ensuring that the nation's food supply is safe, sanitary and wholesome, and honestly labeled, and that cosmetic products are safe and properly labeled.
International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a non-profit, worldwide scientific research foundation seeking to improve the well-being of the general public through the pursuit of sound and balanced science. Its goal is to further the understanding of scientific issues relating to the nutrition, food safety, toxicology, risk assessment, and environment. This site lists ILSI publications pertaining to biotechnology.
Center for International Development (CID - Harvard University ) This site includes background papers and a forum to promote exchange of views on topical issues related to biotechnology and development. These include: evolution of biotechnology industry; biotechnology in international trade; intellectual property rights in biotechnology; biotechnology and international relations; bio-prospecting; biotechnology in developing countries; environmental aspects; of biotechnology.
The Biosafety Board of Zimbabwe maintains biosafety regulations, guidelines and application procedures. This site is also featured on the Zimbabwe Academic Research Network (ZARNET)
Zimbabwe Academic Research Network (ZARNET) , features activities in the development of a nationwide Information Technology outreach to schools and communities. It also hosts the Research Council of Zimbabwe, the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Corporation (SIRDC) and the Biosafety Board websites.