The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) is a small, responsive, non-bureaucratic, international network. Its centers analyze the needs of the region's resource-poor farmers, and identify biotechnology applications suitable for transfer to developing nations. In addition, the centers manage biotechnology knowledge sharing activities at their respective regions.
ISAAA has three centers in South East Asia, Africa, and North America.
ISAAA’s SEAsiaCenter was established in January 1998. It is hosted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. The present portfolio of technology transfer projects is aimed at developing capacity and facilitating the acquisition, transfer, and adoption of key crop-biotechnology applications by providing an enabling environment. The projects are being implemented to meet priority needs in five partner countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. These projects include biotech papaya, eggplant, and sweetpotato.
ISAAA's Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology is also based at the SEAsiaCenter. It facilitates the sharing of authoritative and balanced information on crop biotechnology through a network of Biotechnology Information Centers in various partner countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central and Latin America.
The ISAAA AfriCenter was established in 1994 in Kenya. It is hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. The Africa program includes various activities focused on communication and policy advocacy, capacity enhancement, regional initiatives, and international networking. These activities were initiated by ISAAA AfriCenter.
This is the first Center opened by ISAAA in March 1992. It is hosted by Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, under the International Programs--College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Today, ISAAA's AmeriCenter is the Administrative/Financial Headquarters for the ISAAA organization.