OFAB, Nigeria Chapter Experience By Mrs Rose M. Gidado OFAB Nigeria Event Manager/Organizer AT THEOFAB KATSINA 2012, STATE SECRETARIAT CONFERENCE HALL, STATE SECRETARIATE COMPLEX, KATSINA, KATSINA STATE 13TH NOVEMBER 2012
About OFAB• Launched in April 2009 in Nigeria, It’s a platform as well as a knowledge-sharing and awareness creation outfit on agricultural biotechnology and biosafety issues that will raise understanding and appreciation of agricultural biotechnology and contribute to building an enabling environment for decision making• OFAB is expected to ensure that quality knowledge is disseminated to both policy makers and the larger public through provision of factual information
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Why OFAB?• Negative perceptions of biotech and misinformed discussions complicate decision making• Well designed and executed communication activities can achieve strong, science-based understanding & appreciation of agricultural biotechnology• Systematic, consistent provision of science-based evidence will allow informed discussions and eventually positive decision making
The OFAB Platforms Mass Issue Media Management MonthlyDocumentation meetings OFAB Platforms Special Regional engagements meetings Social media Capacity strengthening
OFAB Progress• OFAB has facilitated several meetings in partner countries to discuss pertinent issues contributing to good debate on biotechnology and biosafety• OFAB Nigeria Chapter has experienced- – Raised levels of awareness – Closed gap between scientists and journalists – New contacts and business links – Improved regulatory environments e.g. passage of BB by the NASS.
OFAB , a powerful &effective information sharing tool– OFAB Nigeria is a multi-stakeholder and multi- disciplinary, drawing on a wide range of expertise. We have been enjoying significant convening power, demonstrated through its track record of organizing regular monthly meetings which attract large/diverse audiences and prominent speakers.
2011 OFAB Milestones and Accomplishments Advocacy Visits to the Ex- President General Olusegun Obsanjo , GFCR and Ex- minister of Science & Technology, Professor Turner Isoun Innovative OFAB Session tagged "Poster OFAB", Third OFAB PC meeting Second OFAB Session held outside the Captial at IAR, Zaria Fourth OFAB Session, held in the Capital Third OfAB Session, held in the capital Passasge of the Biosafety Bill, Second OFAB session, in Abuja and creation of the OFAB Nigeria facebook page First OFAB Outside the Capital, NRCRI, Umudike Second OFAB PC meetingFirst OFABPC meetingJanuary April May June July August September November December
Opinion Survey Report of Participants at OFAB 2011 sessions
Opinion Survey Report of Participants in OFAB 2011 Sessions Have you heard of GMOs and know what they are?120%100%80%60% Have you heard of GMOs and know what they are? 96%40%20% 4% 0% Yes No
Opinion Survey Report of Participants in OFAB 2011 Sessions Would you consume GMOs?100%90%80%70%60%50% 91% Would you consume GMOs?40%30%20%10% 9% 0% Yes No
Other Activities carried out Biotechnology Study Tour to US with the Media(both print and electronic mediar reporters), Script writer, Film Maker(Nollywood Actor), Seed Council, Consumer Protection Council. Radio Jingles in three Nigerian Languages and English on Biotechnology
Facebook Report OFAB Hype Effect: The number of ‘likes” or people who visit the page and leaving an impression usually peaks around the time when pictures are posted and announcement are made) and can be sustained for as long as two weeks. International Reach: It’s interesting to note our reach includes Turkey among other international friends.
Social Networking Report Mobile Phones: Our largest audiences seem to come from people with mobile devices.
Facebook Report Reach: This month we reached over a hundred people with Facebook, consistent with numbers over the last two edition of OFABs with about 10 percent first timers. There’s plenty room from improvement.
Facebook Report Time line Potential: Our time line (where announcements are made for events and page updates) seems to have the greater interest for visitors, a great potential for targeting information.
Twitter• Joined June 15, 2012• OFAB Nigeria was the first chapter to use Twitter as a tool too!
Twitter• “Tweets” are the number of posts we have made. – They include announcements for OFAB events only which is a gross under-utility.
Twitter…..• “Followers” are the number of handle owners that are following OFAB nigeria on twitter.• These include individuals, journals, companies and agencies interested in us what information we have to share – A political analyst – Kojoli farm Nigeria, Rice farms and seed distributor – Agriculture Biotech Africa, an NGO – Mosanto, a pioneer biotech company
Twitter• “Following” are the number of handle owners we are following.• These include reknown journals, companies and agencies discussing issues on agricultural biotechnology
Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) Nigeria Chapter The Hon Ministers of Communications and that of Science & Technology at the OFAB Launch
4TH EDITION : TRANSCORP HILTON HOTEL ABUJA, 30TH JULY 2009 TOPIC: THE IMPERATIVES OF THE PASSAGE OF THE NIGERIA NATIONAL BIOSAFETY BILL INTO LAW Participants Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Board member, AATFGuest speaker, Mr.Rufus Ebegba Deliberation
6TH EDITION : TRANSCORP HILTON HOTEL ABUJA, 24TH SEPTEMBER, 2009 TOPIC: The Intellectual Property Right (IPR) Minister of Commerce & Industries, Barrister Humphery Abah ParticipantsGuest speaker: DG/CEO.NOTAP. ABUJA. Dr. Bindir
2ND QUARTER, 1ST EDITION: CHELSEA HOTEL ABUJA, 29TH APRIL, 2010 TOPIC: Bio-fortification of Food Crops through the Application of Agricultural Biotechnology House committee chairman on Agriculture Minister & Perm. Sec. S & T Special GuestsGuest speaker, Dr.Chiedozie Egesi PBS Representative Farmers Association Participants Representative
2ND QUARTER 2ND EDITION : CHELSEA HOTEL ABUJA, 27TH MAY, 2010 TOPIC: Potential Benefits of Modern Biotechnology in National Economic Development and Food Security for Nigeria Minister for Agriculture, Prof. Sheikh AbdullahGuest speaker, Dr. Interactive SessionMohammed Participants
3rd EDITION(MEDIA OFAB) : RADIO HOUSE, ABUJA, 24th June, 2010. TOPIC: The Regulation of Modern Biotechnology for National Development Minister of Agric. Minister of Sc & TechGuest speaker,Rufus Ebegba Media Participant Rep, Minister of Environ. Rep, Minister of Inf. & Communications
2ND QUARTER 4th EDITION : CHELSEA HOTEL ABUJA, 29th July, 2010 TOPIC: Adaptation to Climate Change: PPP to Develop Water Efficient Maize for Africa Executive Secretary, ARCN House Committee Chairman, AgricGuest Speaker: Dr.Sylvester Okeke A Farmer Hon. Minister of Environment Rep. DG/CEO, Consumer Protection Council A Visitor from US
2nd QUARTER 4th EDITION :ARCADE HOTEL ABUJA, 30th September, 2010 TOPIC: Biotechnology for food security – Looking through the Livestock lens Rep. Minister of HealthGuest Speaker: DrAcho Okike, ILRI A Seed Company Rep A Farmer, Chief Awoniyi
2nd QUARTER 5th EDITION : ARCADE HOTEL, ABUJA, 28th October, 2010 TOPIC: Biotechnology Application in Aqua culture and Fisheries Capacity Building in Nigeria Rep. Minister of WaterGuest Speaker: Dr. ResourcesSamuel Ofuegba A cross section of participants
6th 8th EDITION : SENATE OFAB: ROOM 117, SENATE BUILDING, NASS, ABUJA, 16th DECEMBER, 2010Topics: The strategic importance of biotechnology to national development; Prof. B.O. Solomon,DG/CEO-NABDALegislative requirements for domesticating the cartagena protocol on biosafety (cpb); Mr. MPO DoreThe Burkina Faso Bt Cotton Experience: Chief Awoniyi Senator Usman Hambagda
1st edition: National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) Umudike, Abia State 21st MAY, 2011.Commissioning of NRCRI’s modern Biotechnology Research Centre bythe Honourable Minster of Agriculture and Rural Development, Professor Sheik Ahmed Abdullah Commissioning of Biotech Lab. Minister of Agric. DG, NABDA ED, NRCRI Dr. N. Obokoh, AATF Rep.
2nd EDITION :ARCADE HOTEL ABUJA, 23rd June, 2011 TOPIC: The Impact of National Intellectual Property Legislation on Agricultural Research in Africa Dr. N. Obokoh, AATFDeliberations Rep. DG, NABDA Deliberations Participants Deliberations Participants
3rd EDITION :ARCADE HOTEL ABUJA, 28th July, 2011 TOPIC: An Ethical Framework for Sustainable Agro-biotechnology Development in AfricaGuest Speaker Rep. Hon. Minister of Science & Tech. Participants Rep. ED, NRCRI Participants
3rd EDITION :ARCADE HOTEL ABUJA, 25TH AUGUST, 2011 TOPIC: The CPC Perception about Genetically Enhanced Foods Guest Speaker, Mrs. Ify Umeyi, DG/CEO, CPC Prof. Magaji, Rep. ES, ARCN Participants ES, ARCN, Rep. Hon. Minister of Agric Pualing Sharon, UASID Rep.DG/CEO, RMRDC, Rep. Hon.Minister of Science & Tech. Russ Nicely, USDA Rep.
5th EDITION :ABU/IAR, ZARIA, 29TH SEPTEMBER, 2011TOPIC: Field Evaluation of Transgenic Cowpea: Opportunities and Challenges. DG/CEO, RMRDC Visit Cowpea Field Trial Participants Delibration
Special Poster OFAB Session6th Edition :Gombe Jewel Hotel, Abuja, 24th November,2011Topic: Harnessing the Potential of AgriculturalBiotechnology for Food Security and Socio-Economic Development in Nigeria.
7TH EDITION :CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO, 27TH DECEMBER, 2011 Special OFAB held at Chief Olusegun Obasanjo Residence Stakeholders delibrating with the formal President, Chief Obasanjo
March Edition Gombe Jewel Hotel, Abuja, 29th March, 2012 Topic: The Potentials of Bt-Cotton in Revamping the Textile Industry. Guest Speaker: Prof. Echekwu
Chairman, HouseDG/CEO, NABDA Committee on Agric Chairman, SenateHon. Minister of Prof. Magaji, Rep. Committee on Agric. State for Agric ES, ARCN
Guest Speaker, Prof. Echekwu Exhibition of Cotton Product
MAY 2012 EDITIONTopic: Biotechnology for Improved Soybean Production in Nigeria Guest Speaker: Prof. Chiezey, IAR Zaria
The Representative of the Hon.The Representative of the Hon. The Guest Speaker, Prof. U.F. Minister of State , Trade andMinister of Environment Chiezey, IAR, Zaria Investment Prof. B.O. Solomon, Dr. Frances Chukwukere The Mr Dede, The Representative of DG/CEO, NABDA Representative of the Executive the DG/CEO, NOTAP, Abuja Secretary, NUC, Abuja
L-R Commissioner for Agriculture, Bimbo Kolade, Senator Ayoade Ademola AdeseunDeputy Governor, Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo secondto the left DG/CEO NABDA and Senator AyoadeAdemola Adeseun The House Committee chairman on science and technology- Honourable Abiodun Akinlade granting a Deputy Governor, Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo press interview
The DG/ CEO Prof. B.O. Solomon of NABDA granting a Cross section of Famerspress interview USDA Rep. Mercela A. Group Photograph
JULY 2012 EDITION Topic: “Integrating biotechnology and conventional approaches towards improving cassava production in Nigeria” Guest Speaker: Dr. Chiedozie EgesiAssistant Director (Biotechnology) and Product Development Manager BioCassava PlusNational Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria
Cross section of the high tableExhibition stand of Cassava Products Guest Speaker
Special OFAB Session for the Seed Sub-Subsector, 6th August 2012 Aim:to sensitize and enlighten stakeholders in the SeedIndustry of the Agricultural Sector on the eminent adoption of biotechnology and the use of genetically enhanced seeds and seedlings to increase agricultural productivity in the country
AUGUST EDITION OF OFABNORTH CENTRAL ZONAL HOSTING ATBENUE STATE, 6th September 2012
Two Topics were covered in Benue – The Role of Biotechnology In Improving Yam for Income and Food Security In Nigeria- Dr. Joe Onyeka, NRCRI, Umudike – Improving Soybean Productivity Using Biotechnology Approach In Nigeria-Dr Ishaq Mohammed, NCRI, Baddegi
ConclusionOFAB Nigeria Chapter has grown beyond ordinary monthlyforum on agricultural biotechnology awareness, but alsoprovides link and platform under which the Local farmerscome face to face with the State government to exchangeviews and ideas, discuss challenges they encounter and tryto proffer solution on how to move forward in agriculture inthe country.