ISAAA is a not-for-profit international organization that shares the benefits of crop biotechnology to various stakeholders, particularly resource poor farmers in developing countries, through knowledge sharing initiatives and the transfer and delivery of proprietary biotechnology applications.
ISAAA’s global knowledge sharing network and partnerships in the research and development continuum, provide a powerful combination of science based information and appropriate technology to those who need to make informed choices about their acceptance and use. ISAAA has three Centers in South East Asia, Africa and North America.
The AfriCenter was established in 1994. Its mission is to share knowledge on agricultural biotechnology and biosafety through strategic communications and outreach for informed policy and choice. To achieve this mission, the Center focuses on three principle areas namely knowledge sharing, capacity strengthening and policy outreach.
Over the years, the AfriCenter has expanded its mandate to include communications support and research, as well as formed strategic partnerships with like-minded institutions to leverage on unique skills, share resources and avoid duplication of work.
ISAAA’s SEAsiaCenter was established in January 1998. It is hosted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
ISAAA’s Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology is based at the SEAsiaCenter. It facilitates the sharing of authoritative and balanced information on crop biotechnology through a network of Biotechnology Information Centers in various partner countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central and Latin America.
This is the first Center opened by ISAAA in March 1992. It is hosted by Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, under the International Programs–College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Today, ISAAA’s AmeriCenter is the Administrative/Financial Headquarters for the ISAAA organization.