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Table 1 Organizations involved in the Cowpea Productivity Improvement Project

From: Overcoming barriers to trust in agricultural biotechnology projects: a case study of Bt cowpea in Nigeria

Partner Responsibility Sector Contribution
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Core Partner: Researching transformation methods Public Project Development and Technical
International institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Core Partner: Working with CSIRO on transformation Public Project Development and Technical
Monsanto Company Core Partner: Provides insecticide gene, Cry1ab Private Project Development and Technical
The Kirkhouse Trust Core Partner: Provides funding for research Public Funding
Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria, Nigeria National Agricultural Research Systems in target countries of West Africa Core Partner: Institutional biosafety committee; submitted application for confined field trials (CFT) Responsible for gene introgression into local cowpea varieties Public Project Development and Technical
Institut de l’Environnement et Recherches Agricoles (INERA), Burkina Faso Core Partner: Helped identify field testing sites, CFT applications Public Project Development and Technical
National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Nigeria Core Partner: Technical implementation, and regulatory affairs. Public Technology development
African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) Core Partner: Technology acquisition, seed issues Public Project Development and Technical
Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS) Regulatory support to NBC/Nigeria and CFT implementation at IAR. Technical training. Public Regulatory support
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Funder to CSIRO’s efforts, AATF and PBS Public Funder
Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) Supervises agricultural research Public Project Development and Technical
National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) in target countries of West Africa Gene introgression into local cowpea varieties Public Project Development and Technical
Rockefeller Foundation Contributed funds to CSIRO efforts Public Funder
National Biosafety Committee (NBC) Serve as advisory body to the Competent National Authority for Biosafety in Nigeria (Ministry of Environment) Public Regulatory authority