Press Briefing by Dr Okwuonu on Genome Editing for crop improvement and biofortification - Shared screen with speaker view
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Hi Colleagues, great to be here to listen to our own Dr Ihuoma Okwuonu on this important topic. Godwin Asumugha is my name from NRCRI Umudike. Same Institute with Dr Ihuoma.
Good morning everyone. My name is William Agyei-Manu. Am the Executive Director of Ghana Cassava Centre of Excellence. Am happy to be here.
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The Ghana Cassava Centre of Excellence will work hand in hand with NRCRI to support Cassava Producers to increase productivity.
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Welldone Dr. Okwuonu. This is an enlightening presentation.
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Does this technology have effect on human
How long does it take to evaluate the experiment?
Thank you Dr for the good presentation, my question is that how come African governments are embracing covid-19 vaccine which I believe has been developed using Biotechnology application and yet there are questions in embracing agricultural products such as cassava using the same technology
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what steps have been taken to make government buy into this idea.
Are you working with other African countries like in East, Central and Southern Africa on this project?
Apart from fight the cassava blight disease which other positives does this discovery have for cassava
How healthy is this to the biodiversity?
Apart from fighting the cassava bacteria blight disease what other positives does this discovery have for cassava
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Je vous ai aimé vous tous, vous etes specialiste en la matière, votre exposé est vraiment riche, l'Anglais est la langue internationale je l'admire de tout mon Coeur, puisque les portes du monde sont ouvertes à tout le monde, il faut penser aussi aux mondes francophones qui saisissent un peu difficile cet Anglais technique des experts et penser à la traduction simultanée aux intéressés. C'était ma doléance et peut etre, il y a aussi ceux qui a le meme probleme comme moi, qui ne réagit pas à ce propos !
why is it so easy for people to adapt to using vaccines like the covid vaccines produced using biotechnology but have issues with food crops using biotechnology
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how safe is biodiversity
In protecting our biodiversity, why can't we employ natural means or are there no natural ways
To the person who asked the question about the Vaccine, no, it is not easy for people to accept the vaccines, there are a lot of people who have reservations and questions about the vaccines as much as the application of same in plants and animals
Perfect response Dr. Ihuoma, it only takes desperation to accept. The proponents are capitalizing on people's desperation to live
these are gene forces and can.havd unintended consequences. Example it failed in Cayman Islands. The GE Mosquitos was cancelled by Caymen Island. The gene drive mosquitos failed woefully.
Thanks for the presentation! It is great to see that we are making progress in adopting cutting edge techniques in promoting food secure futures for Africa. ...Lilian Onyegbulam
The CRISPR technology is natural process that takes advantage of how a bacteria insert and delete genes.
Concerning this question 'In protecting our biodiversity, why can't we employ natural means or are there no natural ways'I would think conventional breeding is the only way. This takes a long time and the precision is low. I think gene modification in a well regulated way is key.
@Mfoniso the genome editing is a natural means of crop or animal improvement. I will advise a broad-minded approach to technologies. We have evidence to show that it is a good technology. There are a countless successes in using it increase productivity, enhance resistance, improve nutrition of foods and address climate change.
Mr. Iyke, I think that agroecology should rather be encouraged rather than these approaches we are daring whose implications we are not sure or prepared for
When it comes to our health, no doctor will proceed to do any procedure without your consent. In the case of vaccines one is not forced to take or not to take it
There are also evidences to show it failed woefully.
But when it comes to our food why should our right to choose be taken from us
@Mfoniso the genome editing is a natural means of crop or animal improvement. I will advise a broad-minded approach to technologies. We have evidence to show that it is a good technology. There are a COUNTLESS SUCCESSES in using it increase productivity, enhance resistance, improve nutrition of foods and address climate change. That's from an authority.
We are not taking precautions in this. Neither are there liability
Why are we so interested in the failures and downplaying the successes. Between the two, which are more in number and frequency?
Why we are concerned about the failures much more is that the implications are detrimental and calls for caution.....in the end, it translates to impacts on human health and the health of the ecosystem
Madam Dr. Rose Re NABDA sitting on a Board that it is suppose to regulate it is Unethical and WRONG in all fronts.
I wish I could respond to the population and CC concern that Mrs Gidado has raised
Technologies have improved all aspects of human life. Although we should express our concerns, we should not take anti-technology attitude especially as it relates to Biotechnology. Scientists are human beings and are not working to harm humans but to improve lives of humans.
So the successes and their important consequences are not important? The better lives and incomes for farmers? The better adapted crops? The more nutritious crops? Don’t these mean anything?
Technologies should be regulated. There should be a call for liability and redress
CAUTION is the word!
Experiments fail. This is not reason enough to discard promising technologies. Technologies like CRISPR introduce specific changes in a genome without introducing unwanted genes that hinder genetic improvement.
These technologies are regulated but they must not be regulated according to your prescription. It is a collegiately agreed and internationally accepted regulation that we should go for. Not a decree style, do not use technology
We have NBMA in Nigeria and they are regulating according to best practices in the world. We do not have to revise it according to any particular interests.
Technologies are regulated in responsible countries all over the world including Nigeria. Nobody is against responsible use of technologies but fighting actively to suppress Research or develop technologies is not good
Re NABDA sitting on NABMA Board , spinsiring some of the programs is clearly RIFE FOR CONFLICT OF INTERESTS. The REGULATED NABDA cannot be so INFLUENTIAL on THE REGULATORS , NABMA.
We are enlightened enough not to allow us and our people in Nigeria be deprived of the beneficial derivable from the advanced breeding technologies. We will not deter from using it, no matter how much fear people propagate.
What best practices are you talking about please @Chiedozie? What international best practices? Is it the one that EU banned GMOs and other internationally well equipped nations? Don't speak out of ignorance please
@Mfoniso please suggest polices that can improve regulation, if your "regulation and caution argument" is not in bad faith.
We support responsible use of Biotechnology techniques in Nigeria. I am proud of the trace that Dr. Okwuonu is blazing.
We support responsible use of Biotechnology techniques in Nigeria. I am proud of the trail that Dr. Okwuonu is blazing.
We have to interrogate what is offered as "solutions' more so, when they are glaring failures of these technology.
Dr Wow! we should have "soft" regulations involving a technology that can wipe out an entire population! Just wow!
@Mariann What alternatives do you propose for solving pressing problems with food security and health issues to which we can apply Biotechnology methods?
Ladies and Gentlemen! There is no course for alarm. Let us not fight each other on this learning platform rather we can articulate all our questions and send it via email. We are professionals and that should show in our disposition. Thanks so much for the opportunity to learn.
You are happy for Nigeria to refer and allude to the US, key players in.these field . Not the EU that is askimg for brakes to be applied and thinking about their people, environment and biodiversity.
Agroecology: is the answer. Agriculture in harmony with nature not against it.
Okoye Benjamin (NRCRI)
Wonderful Policy Advocacy Dr Ihuoma and others!
@Mfoniso Agroecology? This is just an academic exercise
EU cannot be the only voice here. Other international community should be looked too. EU imports GM for their feed stock
Agroecology is academic? You are very funny. Lol. Read and be open minded please
we have the slides already
Agroecology: is the answer. Agriculture in harmony with nature not against it. Sounds interesting but what is the feasibility? It is just a fantasy
Thank You Dr Ihuoma! Excellent presentation. And thanks AfriSMC for this platform and discussion.