B4FA Media Workshop Uganda 2012

Initial Dialogue and Training Workshop

on Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biosciences for Farming in Africa


Speke Resort, Kampala

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Day 1 – Wednesday 31 October 2012

   0900 Welcome and Introductions Bernie Jones; Course Leader

   0930 Agriculture, Plant Breeding and Genetics Tina Barsby; National Institute for Agricultural Botany, UK

   1330 Science Journalism in Uganda Peter Wamboga-Mugirya ; Science for Development, Uganda

   1330 The Role of Science Journalism Patrick Luganda; Farmers Media Network, Uganda

   1430 Practical Experiment – DNA extraction Bernie Jones

   1600 Video Presentation & Discussion: TED – Ben Goldacre – “Battling Bad Science”

   1630 Journalism exercise Julia Vitullo-Martin & Sharon Schmickle

Day 2 – Thursday 1 November 2012

   0900 Interview presentations on Tissue Culture, F1 Hybrid Seeds and Seed Banks
   1100 Local case-study 1 – Banana Biofortification Geoffrey Arinaitwe; Kawanda Agricultural Research Institute

   1130 Local case-study 2 – Commercial Tissue Culture Erostus Nsubuga; AgroGenetic Technologies Africa, Buloba

   1200 Local case-study 3 – Gene Bank John Wasswa Mulumba; Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Entebbe

   1330 Food security, Genetic Modification, and GM Crops Chris Leaver; University of Oxford, UK

   1600 Local case-study 4 – Seed Potato Breeding Abel Arinaitwe; Kachwekano Zonal Agricultural R&D Institute

   1630 Local case-study 5 – Coffee Breeding Africano Kangire; Coffee Research Insitute, Uganda

   1700 Difference between F1 Seeds and GM – Claudia Canales-Holzeis

   1700 Journalism exercise: Pitching Sharon Schmickle

Day 3 – Friday 2 November 2012


      Kawanda Agricultural Research Laboratories and Namulonge National Crop Resources Research Institute

   1730 Journalism exercise: interviewing & feedback Julia Vitullo-Martin & Sharon Schmickle

Day 4 – Saturday 3 November 2012

   0900 Journalism exercise, interviewing & feedback Julia Vitullo-Martin & Sharon Schmickle

   1030 Agricultural biotechnology and the regulatory environment Theresa Sengooba, NARO, Uganda

   1130 Agricultural biotechnology and industry Daniel Otunge, African Agricultural Technology Foundation, Nairobi

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

   1600 Prize-giving and closing Bernie Jones

   1630 Close