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Providing Technical Assistance

FAO gives practical help to developing countries through a wide range of technical assistance projects. It encourages an integrated approach, with inclusion of environmental, social and economic considerations in the formulation of development projects.

Regarding biotechnology, FAO collaborates with a range of partners in building the capacities of Member countries in biotechnology and related issues through technical co-operation and training.

Directly to Member countries

FAO provides technical assistance directly to its Member countries in areas such as building or strengthening national biosafety systems, including development and implementation of regulations, training of personnel of regulatory bodies in risk analysis of GMOs, communication and public participation in biosafety-related decision making, and upgrading of laboratory capacities. One of the main instruments through which this is done is the Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP), launched in 1976 as an essential means to make FAO's specialized competence more readily available to its Members for the solution of their most pressing development problems in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors and rural development. The TCP is an instrument which enables FAO to respond rapidly to urgent needs for technical and emergency assistance in Member countries and to contribute to their capacity building. By the end of 2006, TCPs on biotechnology and biosafety had been completed or were under implementation in several countries, including Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Grenada, Kenya, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Swaziland and Tanzania.

Through partnerships international agricultural research centres and other institutions

FAO provides extensive technical assistance (organizing workshops etc.) in co-operation with research centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and/or with national agricultural research systems.

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