Over the past decade, USAID has funded a consortium of institutions in Asia and Africa under the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Program to use modern biotechnology, particularly genetic engineering, to develop products to address major production constraints for which conventional plant breeding tools have been ineffective. The work has included development of disease and nematode resistant banana, fruit and shoot borer resistant eggplant (Bt Eggplant), and late blight resistant potato (LBR Potato). The Feed the Future Biotechnology Partnership, for which applications are requested by this RFA, will lead and manage a product development and capacity-building program supporting development of late blight resistant potato in Bangladesh, India, and Indonesia, as well as fruit and stem borer resistant eggplant in Bangladesh, India and the Philippines. The Program Description set forth in Section I of this RFA includes project management, oversight and technical support to public & private sector partners for all phases of the product development cycle, as relevant for the particular crop/country, including event selection, confined field trials, regulatory biosafety data collection and dossier preparation/submission, commercial launch and stewardship.
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