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Title: Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) Overview


1
Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology
(OFAB) Overview
  • By
  • OFAB Programming Committee (PC)
  • Presented by Margaret Karembu
  • (Chair, OFAB PC)

February 28th 2008, Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi
2
About OFAB
  • A platform that provides an opportunity for
    biotechnology stakeholders to network, share
    knowledge, experiences, and, explore new avenues
    for collaboration in bringing the benefits of
    biotechnology to Africa

3
OFAB Management
  • A collaborative initiative between the Africa
    Agricultural Technology Foundation - AATF and
    International Service for the Acquisition of
    Agri-biotech Applications ISAAA Africenter
  • Activities are organized and managed by a
    programming committee (OFAB-PC) comprising
    volunteer scientists and communication experts
    from international, regional and national
    organizations

4
OFAB PC Members
  1. Dr Margaret Karembu ISAAA (Chairperson)
  2. Dr Wilson Songa Ministry of Agriculture
  3. Dr Fred Kanampiu CIMMYT
  4. Dr Eucharia Kenya Kenyatta University
  5. Dr Simon Gichuki KARI-Biotech
  6. Dr Dan Kiambi ICRISAT
  7. Mrs Nancy Muchiri AATF
  8. Mr Daniel Otunge ISAAA (Secretary)

5
Topics Covered September 2006-November 2007
  • 13 OFAB Sessions held so far covering various
    topics presented by both local and international
    experts in biotech-related fields

6
OFAB 1
Official launch Dr Noah Wekesa, Minister for
Science and Technology
Other Speakers
Mr. Mark Cantley, UK Public Policy for
Biotechnology International lessons - European
Experience
Mr. Wellington Chadehumbe, RSA Truth, Freedom
and Economic Growth
7
OFAB 2
OFAB 3
Mr. Lucas Sese - ABSF Intellectual Property
Rights and Agriculture Role and Implications on
Biotechnology Research, Development and
Innovation
Dr Charles N Waturu Center Director, KARI-Thika
The status of Confined Field Trials of Bt cotton
in Kenya
8
OFAB 4
OFAB 5
Prof. T J Higgins, Australia Status of Bt Cowpea
research and development
Dr Kandeh Yumkella, UNIDO, DG The role of ST in
Africas development process
9
OFAB 6
OFAB 7
Dr Edward Rege Director, Biotechnology Theme,
ILRI Status of the Biosciences Eastern and
Central Africa (BecA)
Prof Robert Paarlberg Professor of Political
Science, Wellesley College Examining GMOs concerns
10
OFAB 8
OFAB 9
Prof Crispus Kiamba PS Min ST and Dr Wilson
Songa Agriculture Secretary Stakeholders Dialogue
on Biosafety Bill 2007
Mr Obongo Nyachae, CEO, STAK Secretary, Eastern
Africa Seed Committee of ASARECA Harmonization of
seed policies and regulations in Eastern Africa
Key Challenges and Results
11
OFAB 10
Dr Francis Nangayo Regulatory Affairs
Specialist, AATF The Status of Biosafety
Regulations in Africa
12
OFAB 11 Launching of OFAB Website
  • Now operational and interactive Use it for
    feedback, follow-ups and VOTING..

http//www.ofabafrica.org
Dr. Wilson Songa Agriculture Secretary, Launching
OFAB Website
13
OFAB 12
OFAB 13 End of Year 2007 Get-together
Dr David Hoisington Applications of Genomics in
Cereal and Legume Improvement
Prof. Jenesio Kinyamario BiosafeTrain
Coordinator East Africa Thematic Head, Ecology
and Environmental Sciences UON
14
Operational Biotech Landscape
15
Operational Biotech Landscape..
16
Operational Biotech Landscape
What role for OFAB???
17
Suggested Activities for OFAB 2008
18
  • Thank you!
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