Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

Main Initiators

APCoAB came into existence following the initiative of APAARI and FAO in jointly organizing an “Expert Consultation on the Status of Biotechnology in the Asia-Pacific region”. (View the Genesis Page)

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions was established in 1990 at the initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and most of the National Agricultural Research Systems of the Asia-Pacific region. Its mission is to promote agricultural research for development in the region through inter-institutional partnership.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all.


Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research is a statutory authority that operates as a part of the Australian Government’s development cooperation programme. The Centre encourages Australia’s agricultural scientists to use their skills for the benefit of developing countries and Australia. The mandate of ACIAR directs activities to developing countries in five regions: Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, North Asia, South Asia and Southern Africa.

Council of Agriculture is the competent authority on the agricultural, forestry, fishery, animal husbandry and food affairs in Chinese Taipei. Its responsibilities include guiding and supervising provincial and municipal offices in these areas. Under the council there are Department of Planning, Department of Animal Industry, Department of Farmers’ Services, Department of International Affairs, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Irrigation and Engineering, Secretariat, Personnel Office, Accounting Office, Civil Service Ethics Office, Legal Affairs Committee, Petitions and Appeals Committee and Information Management Center respectively in charge of related affairs.

Global Forum on Agricultural Research is a stakeholder-led initiative that serves as a neutral forum for the discussion of strategic issues in agricultural research for development (ARD). It facilitates and promotes cost-effective partnerships and strategic alliances among ARD stakeholders in their efforts to alleviate poverty, increase food security and promote the sustainable use of natural resources.


Mahyco is a pioneer and leader in the Indian seed industry. The company strives to provide quality hybrid seeds. Since its inception it has been engaged in plant genetic research and production of quality hybrid seeds for the farming community of India. Currently, it is engaged in research, production, processing and marketing of approximately 115 products in 30 crop species including cereals, oilseeds, fibre and vegetables. Mahyco is also developing genetically enhanced crops with the use of gene transfer technology. Mahyco is the first Indian company to commercially grew and market transgenic Bollgard cotton- India’s first transgenic crop in 2002.

International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics belongs to the Alliance of Future Harvest Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. ICRISAT has the mission to reduce poverty, enhance food and nutritional security and protect the environment of the semi-arid tropics by helping empower the poor through science with a human face. Integrated genetic and natural resource management is its overarching research strategy to attain scientific excellence and relevance in agriculture in the semi-arid tropics.