This workbook is a product of the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project (ABSP), an international program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and based in the Institute for International Agriculture at Michigan State University. The workbook is a natural outgrowth of the many biosafety training activities ABSP has conducted over the past ten years in partner countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and in regional programs reaching wider audiences. We are grateful to Dr. Catherine Ives, former director of ABSP, whose enthusiasm and support launched the workbook project, and to Dr. Johan Brink, current ABSP director, whose continuing support has made it possible to see the workbook through to completion.

We would like to give special recognition and our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Andrea Johanson, assistant director of ABSP. She managed the project throughout its development, successfully guiding the workbook through numerous drafts, external review, and final production. Her dedication and perseverance kept the project moving forward and on track despite our many distractions. All the while, her patience and good humor made it a pleasure to work with her.

We were extremely fortunate to have as reviewers a group of leading experts in the fields of biosafety and capacity building. We wish to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to Julian Kinderlerer, Martha Kandawa-Schulz, Javier Veras-tegui, David Heron, Piet van der Meer, and Andrew Matabiri. Their insightful comments and suggestions were extremely useful and led to numerous improvements in the text.

Any errors or omissions in the text are the sole responsibility of the authors.

PatTraynor, Bob Frederick, Muffy Koch

July 2002

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