International Short Course: Bio-safety — Environmental Aspects of Agricultural Biotechnology (August 2014)






International Short Course: Bio-safety — Environmental Aspects of Agricultural Biotechnology (August 2014)

Description: The Bio-safety short course is designed to give participants a thorough grounding in all aspects of bio-safety for environmental release and commercialization of genetically engineered organisms. It covers the theory and practice of environmental risk assessment and management, and communication of benefits and risks of agricultural biotechnology applications. A major component of the program will provide practical experience in bio-safety evaluation through the real world case studies covering a diverse group of crops, genes, and potential environmental concerns. The knowledge, information, and experience gained through this course will help participants contribute towards the development of environmentally sound and safe use of agricultural biotechnology. Using a participatory approach, the course will foster linkages and provide opportunities for networking among participants to exchange their experiences and establish regional collaborations.


Dates: August 3 – 8, 2014

Audience: International students, scholars, scientists, senior administrators, governmental agencies, and policy-makers.

Partners: MSU’s Institute of International Agriculture, in collaboration with the Plant Breeding and Genetics Program.

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Mrs. Yemisi Akibu ( nee Awokoya) is the Chief Executive Officer of Belvyna Global, an agricultural consultancy service firm based in Lagos, Nigeria She is a former Team Member of the Agricultural Department of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, one of Nigeria's first generation banks. She holds a B.Sc degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Masters degree in National Development and Project Planning from the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She is passionate about the role agriculture plays in the social, economic, political development of a nation. She holds the view that one of the pillars of stability of a nation food security and this can only be achieved through the holistic development of the agricultural sector. She can be contacted via: or Remember, The Farmer Is King Enjoy my blog

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