B4FA Media Workshop Nigeria 2012

Initial Dialogue and Training Workshop

on Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biosciences for Farming in Africa


International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan

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Day 1 – Monday 24 September 2012

   0900 Welcome and Introductions Bernie Jones; Course Leader

   1000 Plant Breeding and Agriculture Wayne Powell; University of Aberystwyth, UK

   1200 Science Journalism Diran Onifade; Africa Science Technology & Innovation News

   1400 Principles of Genetics Charles Amadi; National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike

   1530 Practical Experiment – DNA extraction Bernie Jones

   1630 Video Presentation & Discussion: TED – Ben Goldacre – “Battling Bad Science”

Day 2 – Tuesday 25 September 2012

   0900 Interviews on Tissue Culture, Hybrid Seeds and Seed Banks

   1030 Local case-study 1 – Sugarcane Research Inuwa S Usman; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

   1100 Local case-study 2 – Cassava Breeding Emmanuel Okogbenin; National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike

   1130 Local case-study 3 – Groundnut Research Maimuna Abdulmalik; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

   1330 Journalism exercise: pitching, interviewing & feedback Julia Vitullo-Martin & Sharon Schmickle

   1530 Genetic Modification Jim Dunwell; University of Reading, UK
   1730 Local case study 4 – Bt Cowpea Research Muhammad Lawan Umar, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

   2000 Post-dinner role-playing “talk show” on biotech

Day 3 – Wednesday 26 September 2012

   0900 Journalism exercise Julia Vitullo-Martin & Sharon Schmickle

   1030 Keynote: Biotechnology for Agriculture in Nigeria Christian Fatokun, Deputy Director, IITA, Ibadan
   1130 Agricultural biotechnology and industry Daniel Otunge, African Agricultural Technology Foundation, Nairobi

   1400 FIELD TRIP: International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan

Day 4 – Thursday 27 September 2012

   0900 Journalism discussion & feedback Julia Vitullo-Martin & Sharon Schmickle

   1030 Prize-giving and closing Bernie Jones

   1100 Close