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ABSF aims to create an enabling environment in which Africa can participate and benefit from biotechnology in a responsible and sustainable manner. The association — through the dissemination of information — aims to enhance an understanding and awareness of all aspects of biotechnology including bio-safety and intellectual property rights. The news and features section mostly contains short information and opinion pieces giving perspectives of scientists and policy-makers in Africa.
Gene Campaign is a nongovernmental organisation based in Delhi. Established in 1993 by Dr. Suman Sahai, it organises public debates on genetically modified crops and their relevance to Indian small farmers. It also publishes articles and booklets on genetically modified technology, biopiracy, indigenous knowledge and intellectual property rights.
GRAIN is an international non-governmental organisation which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people's control over genetic resources and local knowledge. It is dedicated to combatting 'genetic erosion', seeks to prevent the destruction of diversity by industrial agriculture, and supports agricultural biodiversity-based programmes. GRAIN publishes quarterly magazines in English (Seedling
) and Spanish (Biodiversidad
MSF is an independent humanitarian medical aid agency committed to "providing medical aid wherever it is needed and raising awareness of the plight of the people we help". It is currently leading a campaign on access to essential medicines
that includes a critique of patent laws.
The Honey Bee Network brings together innovators, academics, policymakers, entrepreneurs and nongovernmental organisations to collect, document, and disseminate innovations and practices at the grassroots level. These range from traditional crops and agricultural techniques to machines that reduce labour inputs or costs.
The website provides access to an innovation database containing ideas, inventions and traditional knowledge practices; a newsletter published in seven Indian languages and English; and innovation competitions. Twice each year, members of the organisation participate in the Shodh Yatra journey in which they visit rural communities to identify and document examples of unrecognised local ingenuity.
TWN describes itself as "an independent non-profit international network of organisations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North-South issues". It provides significant coverage of biodiversity-related IPR issues.