Feed the Future South Asia Eggplant Improvement Program is an Integrated, demand-driven approach to boost food security and economic growth, improve environmental quality by introducing and integrating agricultural biotechnology to food cropping systems in partner nations. The project will will build on Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II (ABSP II)’s efforts of initial commercialization of Bt eggplant in Bangladesh

Project Duration: 2015-2018  Awarding Organization – United States Aid for International Development

Project Value: USD 4.8 Million Geography: – Bangladesh and Philipines

  • To provide post-commercial support in Bangladesh for Insect resistance management (IRM),Environmental Safety studies,Stewardship best Proactices, Seed commercialization plan and communication activities
  • To Build institutional and human capacity in Bangladesh to carry out responsible product stewardship, monitor and evaluate post-release impact, strengthen existing extension systems, promote science-based public awareness of genetically modified crops
  • To provide support to Philippines to develop, submit and shepherd through approval of a Regulatory Dossier, commercial release of UPLB Bt eggplants
  • To build capacity for release of Bt eggplant and conduct public consultation and pro-active outreach and communication activities in Philippines
  • Improved incomes for farmers and their families through lower input costs, better yields, lower
    post-harvest losses, and increased value of agricultural products;
  • Greater environmental and health benefits owing to safer products for consumers and farm workers, largely due to reduced pesticide use;
  • Improved agricultural product development capacity for key institutions that collaborate with FtFBP
  • Increased understanding by local scientists of markets, regulatory environments, intellectual property (IP) issues, and other commercialization components for GE crops;
  • Enhanced communication of science-based information about GE crops
  • Increased consumer acceptance of GE crops, intended to help address public food needs and food security;
  • Improved access to higher quality eggplant that is safe and nutritious;
  • Advancement of gender equality by providing sustainable income-generating opportunities for smallholder women farmers