The Minor Use Foundation partners with many organizations to support specialty crops. Learn about our partners here.
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institution
Learn more about APAARI
Dr. Ravi Khetarpal – Executive Secretary, APAARI
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
4th Floor, FAO Annex Building, 202/1 Larn Luang Road,
Klong Mahanak Sub District, Pomprab Sattrupai District,
Bangkok 10100, Thailand
The Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) was established in 1990 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Governments of China, Fiji, India, Iran, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Western Samoa.
It is a membership-based, apolitical, multi-stakeholder, and inter-governmental regional organization. As an important intermediary in the region, it is bridging national, regional and global stakeholders to bring about collective change in agri-food systems of Asia-Pacific.
APAARI’s wide network of members and partners comprises of national agricultural research institutes (NARIs) and national agricultural research organizations (NAROs), international agricultural research centres, higher education institutions, civil society (farmers’ organizations – FOs and non-governmental organizations – NGOs), international development organizations and the private sector. The close links and collaboration with these stakeholders are instrumental in strengthening agri-food research and innovation systems towards more sustainable development in Asia-Pacific region.
Australian Government – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
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Dr. Joseph Morrall - Agvet Chemical Task Group Secretariat
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
A department of the Australian Government that helps protect Australia’s heritage and natural resources while supporting agricultural industries. They deliver policies and programs to promote a strong economy and healthy environment through driving strong sustainable agriculture industries, manage Australia’s unique environment and heritage and support regional communities.
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture
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Eric Bolaños Ledezma, Especialista en Sanidad Agropecuaria e Inocuidad de Alimentos, IICA-Sede Central-SAIA
Sanidad Agropecuaria e Inocuidad de Alimentos Agricultural Health and Food Safety
P.O. Box 55-2200
San Jose, Vaz.quez de Coronado, San lsidro 11101, Costa Rica
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is the specialized agency for agriculture of the Inter-American System that supports the efforts of Member States to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being.
The Institute provides cooperation services through close and permanent work with its 34 Member States, addressing their needs in a timely manner. Without a doubt, IICA’s most valuable asset is the close relationship it maintains with the beneficiaries of its work. We have broad experience in areas such as technology and innovation for agriculture, agricultural health, food safety and quality, international agricultural trade, family farming, rural development, natural resource management and the bioeconomy.
IICA has an outstanding reputation for implementing projects with established agreements involving agriculture research in many of the Latin American countries, since 1944. In August of 2013, IICA and the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) signed a Project Grant to implement the Project “Latin America: Strengthening regional capacity to meet pesticides export requirements based on international standards. This initial work helped to establish viable research centers in Latin America (LATAM) and this project with IICA, STDF, and IR-4 concluded with the successful completion of several LATAM projects (Pyriproxyfen on pineapple and Banana as well as Spinetoram on avocado).
IICA is uniquely qualified to assist in many of international projects in the LATAM region. IICA has offices and people stationed in cooperating countries to perform cooperative research with pesticide residues. It has the ability to facilitate knowledge transfer as well as resources transfers.
Learn more about IR-4
Dr. Jerry Baron – Executive Director, IR-4 Project
1730 Varsity Drive
Venture IV, Suite 210
Raleigh, NC 27606
Since 1963, the IR-4 Project (IR-4) has been the primary entity in the United States to facilitate registrations of conventional pesticides and biopesticides on Specialty Food crops (fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, spices) and non-food Environmental Horticulture crops.
Many food crops we consume, e.g. fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, and spices as well as non-food crops such as landscape plants and flowers are considered specialty crops. Specialty crops make up about 40% ($83.1 billion) of the total value of all crop production ($212.4 billion) in the US.
The pests that damage crops do not discriminate between major crops (corn, soybean, cotton, wheat/small grains, etc.) and specialty crops.
Crop protection technology is often needed to prevent significant damage to crop quality and yield.
The agrochemical industry often lacks the financial incentives to expand registration for their products to specialty crops.
The same situation exists for minor uses on major crops. The lack of crop protection products for specialty crops and minor uses on major crops is referred to as the “Minor Use Problem”. IR-4 conducts the required research to fill this gap.
From a humble beginning in 1963 with only two staff members and a $25,000 budget to now employing a staff of 125 full time equivalent members and a budget of over $36 million ($18.9 million direct support and $18 million indirect/in-kind support), the IR-4 Project has made a major impact on U.S. agriculture.
United States Department of Agriculture – Foreign Agriculture Service
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Nigel Hunter, Program Manager, Trade and Regulatory Capacity Building Division, Office of Global Programs
1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 3243
Washington, DC 20250 USA
The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security.
In addition to its Washington, D.C. staff, FAS has a global network of 93 offices covering 171 countries. These offices are staffed by agricultural attachés and locally hired agricultural experts who are the eyes, ears, and voice for U.S. agriculture around the world. FAS staff identify problems, provide practical solutions, and work to advance opportunities for U.S. agriculture and support U.S. foreign policy around the globe.