NASAC Agricultural Biotechnology Workshop

This was a workshop that was held jointly in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF

Theme: PROMOTING AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

Venue & Date: Conference Room 3 (CR3) at the United Nations Conference Centre Addis Ababa (UNCC-AA), Addis Ababa, 25-26 February 2014

 OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOP

  • To initiate a dialogue between scientists and policy-makers among stakeholders that will lead to the drafting of the NASAC policymakers’ booklet on Agricultural Biotechnology for Africa.
  • To support the development of science-based advice on Agricultural Biotechnology for Africa by the NASAC, with special input by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the European Academies Science Advisory Council.
  • To establish relationships and provide evidence to African policy-makers and other stakeholders in Africa working in the area of Green Biotechnology.
  • To develop working partnerships between NASAC and the African Union Commission (AUC) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), on issues that are of critical importance to the continent.
  • To contribute to the dialogue between African and European scientists and policy-makers working in the area of agricultural biotechnology.

Day 1: Tuesday, 25 February 2014

RECENT SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS

 

9:00-11:00

Opening Session

Moderator:

Victor Konde,

 

 

 

 

Keynote speeches

 




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Moderator:

Fatima Denton

 

Welcome and introduction

Addresses from:

  1. Economic Commission from Africa (ECA) - Dr. Fatima Denton, Officer-In- Charge of the Special Initiatives Division (ECA)
  2. African Union Commission (AUC) - Dr. Mahama Ouedraogo, Head of Division of Science and Technology (HSRT)
  3. German Federal Ministry of Education and Research – Mr. Thomas Terstegen, Deputy Head of Mission to Ethiopia
  4. European Science Advisory Council/German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina – Volker ter Meulen
  5. Ethiopian Academy of Sciences – Masresha Fetene
  6. Network of African Science Academies – Mohamed Hassan

(5mins each)

Keynote speech 1: Relevance of government policy intervention on agricultural biotechnology R&D in Africa - SHAUKAT ABDULRAZAK, Chief Executive Officer, National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) - Kenya

Keynote speech 2: Global economics of GM and other agricultural biotechnology - MATIN QAIM, Chair, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen – Germany

 

(30mins presentation and 15min discussion each)

11:00-11:15

 

Refreshment break

11:15-13:00

Moderator:

Volker ter Meulen

European and African experiences in the recent debates on agricultural biotechnology

(25 minutes each)

(25 minutes)

  • General discussions (30 minutes)

13:00-14:00

Lunch Break

 

14:00-15:40

Moderator:

Walter Alhassan

What is happening in agricultural biotechnology, research, innovation and commercialisation?

 

(15mins presentations and 5mins specific discussion)

15:40-16:00

Refreshment break


16:00-17:10

Moderator:

Michel Delseny

Sharing experiences in research and implications for policy development

Panel Discussion Members:

Roy B. Mugiira – Senior Assistant Director, Directorate of Research Management and Development, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Kenya

Bamidele O. Solomon Former Director General, National Biotechnology Development Agency, Nigeria

Mawuena D. Gumedzoe, Professor of Plant Pathology, Virology, Biotechnology, University of Lome, Togo

 

Topics for discussion:

(a)   Examples of collaboration between Europe and Africa in agricultural R&D

(b)   Commercialization and regulatory issues for GM and NBTs;

(c)    How can science-policy dialogue be facilitated

 

(15mins-brief by each member and 30mins of general discussion)

17:10-17:30

 

 

Summary/ discussions of emerging issues from Day 1Roy Mugiira

From 18:00

Workshop Dinner – Intercontinental Hotel Addis

 

Day 2: Wednesday, 26 February 2014

AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY: WHAT DO POLICY-MAKERS WANT TO KNOW AND HOW CAN THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY HELP?

 

9:00-10:30

Moderator:

Mohamed Hassan

Keynote speech 3: Transfer of Golden Rice to African CountriesADRIAN DUBOCK, Golden Rice project architect & Executive Secretary, Humanitarian Board – Germany

 

Keynote speech 4: Biotech Crops: An African Perspective JENNIFER THOMSON, Emeritus Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town – South Africa

 (30mins presentation and 15min discussion each)

10:30-11:00

Refreshment break

 

11:00-13:00

Moderator:

Jutta Schnitzer-Ungefug

Open-forum for discussion on pertinent issues on Agricultural Biotechnology by the African policy-makers

 

13:00-14:00

Lunch Break


14:00-16:00

Moderator:

Louis M. Lubango

Open-forum for discussion on pertinent issues on Agricultural Biotechnology in Europe and Africa

 Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Advisor to the European Commission President, European Commission

 (30mins presentation and 15min discussion)

Open-forum for discussion on pertinent issues on Agricultural Biotechnology by the regional Institutions

 Idah Sithole-Niang – African Agricultural Technology Foundation  

Nompumelelo Obokoh – AfricaBio, The Innovation Hub

 

(15mins presentation each and 20mins of general discussion)

16:00-16:30

Moderator:

Mohamed Hassan

General Discussions

(a)   How can academies add value and how can technology and options be discussed with policy-makers and the public; and

(b)   Who else is working on these issues and what are the opportunities for partnership to support African decision-makers and stakeholders?

16:30-17:00

Moderator:

Hambani Masheleni

Summing up and Closing Session

 

 

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