Working to provide access to quality seed, facilitating seed trade, and promoting the growth and development of the seed industry are important missions of the Seed Science Center's Global Programs. In the past 20 years, center scientists have designed and conducted projects in more than 80 countries around the world to achieve these goals.
Global Programs efforts have included policy and regulatory harmonization in phytosanitary measures, plant variety protection, variety evaluation and registration, seed certification, and development of national seed laws. In addition, center scientists working with the program have created 10 process management manuals that serve as definitive resource materials on seed and biosafety policies and regulation.
Recent program activities have included development of a Seed Enterprise Management Institute (SEMIs) in Kenya, establishment of the West Africa Seed Alliance (WASA), and the harmonization of seed policy in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Scientists also facilitate international training and workshops designed to enhance seed policy and to educate and provide assistance to stakeholders at all levels of the seed industry.
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Dileepkumar Guntuku is Global Program Leader for the Seed Science Center's Global Programs. An Indian national, Guntuku has extensive international experience. Prior to coming to Iowa State, he served as the Former Global Leader for the Knowledge Sharing and Innovation (KSI) Program of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). While at ICRISAT he led the KSI program, directed the Center of Excellence (Information and Communication Technology) ICT Innovations for Agriculture, was a Coordinator for the South-South Initiative, and served as a member on the Institute’s Research Committee and Risk Management Team. Under his leadership, ICRISAT opened a Center of Excellence in ICT Innovations for Agriculture to bring strategic partnerships from diversified areas to work on novel initiatives including open data and knowledge solutions, Big Data in Agriculture, Massive Open Online Courses, and ICT for Development. Guntuku has worked at several national and international agencies in various capacities and has contributed to various projects including the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of ICT, the World Bank, the USAID, the German Development Corporation, the Commonwealth of Learning, and the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP).
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