ICABR - The International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research is a unique, informal, international consortium of people interested in the bioeconomy, agricultural biotechnology, rural development and bio-based economy research. Established in 1998, it is comprised of a core group of scholars representing research institutions such as: CEIS - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rutgers University, University of California, Berkeley, Technische Universität München, University of Saskatchewan, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, IFPRI, State University of Campinas - UNICAMP, University of California Davis - UC Davis, University of Missouri, University of Hohenheim, Wellesley College, Wageningen University
The objectives of the Consortium are to: promote and stimulate improvement in the quality and relevance of international bioeconomy research and policy analysis; hear the perspectives of many stakeholders (scientific community, policy-makers, international organizations, NGOs, agricultural producers and consumer groups) from the developing and developed world; encourage collaborative research among members of the Consortium; facilitate interaction among researchers and analysts in several countries, in universities and in governments engaged in and/or interested in agricultural biotechnology research; disseminate the research results and presentations to the broader community of academics and policy-makers to provide an empirical and theoretical basis for better biotechnology policies in the future.
Agriculture and biotechnology are increasingly becoming the basis for the integrated bio-based economy, by contributing to food security, nutritional quality and food safety. Agricultural R&D will be the driving force for the new bio-based economy by increased security in energy, environment and health. The growing consumer demand towards new food and non-food applications, has led to an increasing interest towards the global bioeconomy, in terms of application to agriculture, health, chemical and/or energy industries.
The strength of the Consortium lies in the capabilities and commitment of its members to conduct research and/or to use research results in policy analysis and advice to policy makers, in both the developed and developing worlds. One of the focal activities is the organization of an annual conference which serves as a forum of discussion and knowledge dissemination, facilitating an important North-South exchange that discusses policy alternatives and explore approaches to bioeconomy issues.