Program for Biosafety Systems

What is PBS?

The Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS) is an IFPRI-managed program that supports our partner countries in Africa and Asia in the responsible development and use of agricultural biotechnology. PBS effectively addresses biosafety through an integrated program of research, capacity development, and outreach, and works with countries interested in using biotechnology to enhance agricultural innovation. 

Contributing to Improve Crop Productivity

In many developing countries, economic growth and sustainability depend on the strong performance of the agricultural sector. The tools of biotechnology, when combined with the science of breeding, have created improved varieties that deliver increased value globally.

Today, smallholder farmers in more than 15 countries successfully grow crop varieties developed through biotechnology.

Other countries, however, have not integrated biotechnology into their agricultural systems. Often, this hesitancy is due to a lack of a rational and predictable biosafety framework that facilitates access to products and varieties produced using biotechnology.


PBS is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).