Agricultural Economics Institute

The Agricultural Economics Institute (LEI) is the leading institute in the Netherlands for social and economic research on agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, forestry and rural areas. The LEI's focus at both national and international level is the increasing integration of agriculture and agribusiness with the social environment.



AIDEnvironment is an independent research and management consultancy for nature and natural resources. AIDEnvironment aims to conserve and restore diversity and resilience in the natural environment to encourage sustainable development and human welfare.


Amigos de la Tierra
Spanish site (part of Friends of the Earth International) with general information on biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, climate change and other related fields. (NOTE: this site is only available in Spanish)


Belgo Biotech
This trilingual site (English, French and Dutch) provides basic information on biotechnology, applications and legislation, especially useful for beginners.


Biogene offers this site as a clearinghouse for information about production without genetic manipulation (GM) - with special focus on alternatives to GM. Information is also provided about biotechnology and genetic engineering. You can find projects about these themes, files for download, laws and regulations, and many links to make possible a network.


the tri-lingual information and expert network around agribiotechnology offering current news and developments, background information and the opportunity to contact scientific experts directly.


Biotechnology Ireland

The Irish online center for news, information and contacts in the biotechnology sector.


Biozone International

Biozone International produces quality resources for students and teachers of senior biology. The Biotechnology section lists sites in the fields of techniques, processes, applications and ethics.


Sponsored by Syngenta, this internet platform aims to provide information on agricultural biotechnology and contributes to an open debate on related aspects.


Development Journal

Development provides unique resource and point of reference for the dialogue between activists and intellectuals committed to the search for alternative paths of social transformation towards a more sustainable and just world.


Eldis Gateway to Development

ELDIS is a gateway to information on development issues, providing free and easy access to a wide range of high quality online resources. These include summaries and links to online documents, a directory of websites, databases, library catalogues and email discussion lists.


Espacenet Patent Information

Escapenet is the gateway to patents in Europe. Pages are available for virtually all European countries, in their respective languages and with links to other pages and help functions relevant for the specific country.


European Association for Bioindustries

The European Association for Bioindustries provides news items, information on upcoming events and an excellent links section.


European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) grants European patents for the contracting states to the European Patent Convention (EPC). It is the executive arm of the European Patent Organisation.


European Society of Human Genetics

The Society focuses on encouraging young scientists and clinicians, and the transfer of technology and provision of genetic services for the developing European countries.


Friends of the Earth Europe

FoEE coordinates and supports the campaigns and projects of its member groups which deal with a large variety of subjects including food, farming and biotechnology; climate change, energy, eco-taxation and nuclear safety; globalisation, trade, corporate accountability and sustainable development; EU Accession; and regional programmes in Central, Eastern
and South Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean.


This site might be a good starting point to find
intergovernmental organisations and conventions, non-governmental organisations, industry, biotech journals and research institution links.



GeneWatch UK is an independent organisation concerned with the ethics and risks of genetic engineering. It questions how, why and whether the use of genetic technologies should proceed and believes that the debate over genetic engineering is long overdue.


Genetic Resources Action International is an international non-governmental organization which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people’s control over genetic resources and local knowledge. GRAIN reports and magazines can be read online.



The Greenpeace site features critical campaigns on various topics, such as climate change, forests, genetic engineering and sustainable trade.


Ground Up
Ground Up is meant as an information platform for anti-GE activists. The site contains a glossary, cartoons and critical articles.


Hivos (Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation) is committed to the poor and marginalized – and to the organizations that promote their interests – in countries in the South and in South-East Europe.


Human Genetics Commission

The Human Genetics Commission is the UK Government’s advisory body on how new developments in human genetics will impact on people and on health care.


The Dutch Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation supports projects in about sixty countries in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific and in Central and Eastern Europe.



ILEIA is a Centre for Information on Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture. This website has an open discussion forum, many links to agriculture related sites and background information on important themes.



InfoAgrar is the agricultural information and documentation service of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Its aim is to facilitate access to relevant information, based on the needs of professionals dealing with agricultural issues in international development cooperation.


Institute of Science in Society

The Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) works for social responsibility and sustainable approaches in science. The institute promotes critical public understanding of science and engages both scientists and the public in open debate and discussion.


Intellectual Property Digital Library

he Intellectual Property Digital Library Web site provides access to various intellectual property data collections currently hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization. These collections include Hague, JOPAL (non-patent reference), Madrid and PCT data and support fully searchable information retrieval and display by users on demand.


Intermediate Technology Development Group

The ITDG aims to demonstrate and advocate the sustainable use of technology to reduce poverty in developing countries. This UK-based charity works directly in four regions of the developing world – Latin America, East Africa, Southern Africa and South Asia, with particular concentration on Peru, Kenya, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.


The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
This research center conducts innovative research in life sciences for the benefit of developing countries. The site provides background information on biotechnology and biosafety in addition to descriptions of current and past research projects.


International Institute for Communication and Development

The IICS assists in developing countries to realize locally owned sustainable development by harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies.


International Institute for Trade and Sustainable Development

ICTSD facilitates interaction between policy-makers and those outside the system to help trade policy become more supportive of sustainable development. By helping parties increase capacity and become better informed about each other, ICTSD builds bridges between groups with seemingly disparate agendas. It seeks to enable these actors to discover the many places where their interests and priorities coincide, for ultimately sustainable development is their common objective


The International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology

This major international journal provides a forum for report and discussion of issues and ideas surrounding the important concepts of sustainable development. It focuses on aspects of ecology, economics and sociology related to sustainable development and world resources.


International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications

INASP aims to enhance the flow of information within and between countries, especially those with less developed systems of publication and dissemination.


International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

As a Union, IUCN seeks to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.


Inter Press Service: The Global News Agency

Inter Press Services focuses its news on coverage on the events and global processes affecting the economic, social and political development of peoples and nations.


The International Service for National Agricultural Research aims to bring about innovation in agricultural research institutions in developing countries to increase the contribution of research to agricultural development for the poor.


Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology

The journal publishes high-quality primary research papers, in English, in all areas of molecular microbiology and molecular biotechnology, and in addition contains some timely reviews and written symposia on specific topics. JMMB publishes original work on the molecular biology or molecular biotechnology of microorganisms (including bacteria, viruses, and eukaryotic microorganisms).


Website of the Dutch National Commission for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development. NOTE: this site is only available in Dutch.


Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development

The Novartis Foundation aims to improve the quality of life of the
poorest people in developing countries through programs & contributions to development policy discussions.


Novib (Oxfam Netherlands)
Novib is a Dutch development aid organization that provides funds to initiatives and organizations that support local people. NOTE: this site is only available in Dutch.


Nuffield Council on Bioethics

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics considers the ethical issues arising from developments in medicine and biology.



An online database and directory of fisheries and aquatic research and development information.



OneWorld aims to be the online media gateway that most effectively informs a global audience about human rights and sustainable development


OneWorld Netherlands

The Netherlands’ site of This site offers information on themes relating to sustainable development and human rights, campaigns of OneWorld and a discussion forum.


Plant Research International

Plant Research International is an institute that combines a lengthy tradition in strategic research with a global outlook and next-generation standards of innovation. Top quality research is combined with up-to-date business development.


Royal Tropical Institute

The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) is an independent centre of knowledge and expertise in the areas of international and intercultural cooperation. The aims of KIT are to contribute to sustainable development, poverty alleviation and cultural preservation and exchange.



SciDev.Net is a free-access, Internet-based network devoted to reporting on and discussing those aspects of modern science and technology that are relevant to sustainable development and the social and economic needs of developing countries.


SciDev.Net Ethics of Research Dossier

This online dossier provides a broad overview of ethics in medical research in developing countries. Included are key documents, readers’ comments, definitions, links and news items.


SciDev.Net Intellectual Property Dossier

SciDev.Net covers a variety of issues in online dossiers. This dossier deals with intellectual property by providing news items, policy briefs, key definitions and links relating to the topic.


The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency is the Swedish government agency for bilateral international development cooperation. Sida’s task is to create conditions conductive to change and to socially, economically and environmentally sustainable development.


South Centre

The South Centre is intended to meet the need for analysis of development problems and experience, as well as to provide intellectual and policy support required by developing countries for collective and individual action in the international arena.


Southern Voices

This online debate on biotechnology and food was organized in October and November 2001 and generated a truly global exchange of views and insights around Capacity Building, Poor Patents, Options in Food Production, and Rights and Choices.


Stockholm Environment Institute

SEI is an independent, international research institute specializing in sustainable development and environment issues. It works at local, national, regional and global policy levels. The SEI research programmes aim to clarify the requirements, strategies and policies for a transition to sustainability.


Sustainable Development

This journal is a wide interdisciplinary publication which seeks to further debate and discuss the important concept of sustainable development. The scope of the journal therefore allows for contributions which have a local, national or global focus from a philosophical to a practical perspective.


Sustainable Development International

Sustainable Development International aims to educate a global audience by providing information and knowledge on all aspects of sustainable development and environmental issues through cross-media platforms.


Sustainable Development Network

The Sustainable Development Network is a network of individuals and non-governmental organizations which generate policy materials, coordinate events for policymakers, and work with the news media to promote debate on issues which pertain to sustainable development including environmental and trade policy, economic policy, health, and legal frameworks.


Swiss Node

Swiss Node provides the actors in the field of agricultural research for development with up-to-date information, mainly focused on Switzerland, and it offers them webpublishing services to present their work on the internet.


The Network University
The Network University in Amsterdam aims to be one of the world’s most innovative institutions of higher learning. It offers online courses on various fields of expertise, organizes online debates and organizes specific workshops combining online and face-to-face learning experiences. Since 2000, TNU publishes the Biotechnology and Development Monitor.


United Kingdom Agricultural Biodiversity Coalition

UKabc is an activity of the UK Food Group: Bringing together Public Interest UK organisations concerned with Sustainable Use, Conservation, Benefit Sharing, Trade, Patents, Intellectual Property, Biopiracy, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Biosafety and other issues related to the Equitable Use of Agricultural Biodiversity for Local Food and Livelihood Security


United Kingdom Government - Sustainable Development

This website reports on progress by the United Kingdom as a whole towards sustainable development.


The United Nations University Institute for New Technologies 

UNU/UNITECH conducts policy research on the economic and social impact of new technologies in the developing world.


Wageningen University

The Wageningen University for Life Sciences has evolved into one of the world’s leading education and research centers in the plant, animal, environmental, agrotechnical, food and social sciences.


Wageningen University Department of Plant Sciences

The Wageningen University Department of Plant Sciences is a leading center for research and education with regard to the plant and its environment.


The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

The Sanger Insititute is a genome research institute that aims to further the knowledge of genomes, particularly through large scale sequencing and analysis.


World Intellectual Property Organization

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works of the human spirit. These works – intellectual property – are expanding the bounds of science and technology and enriching the world of the arts. Through its work, WIPO plays an important role in enhancing the quality and enjoyment of life, as well as creating real wealth for nations.