National Conference on Agricultural Innovations for Food Security in the Post Covid-19 Pandemic Era
Theme: Aggregating Sustainable Agricultural Innovations for Food Security
Dr. Rose Gidado, Director, NABDA/Country Rep.,OFAB
Dr. Rose Suniso Maxwell Gidado completed her doctorate degree (PhD) in Industrial Microbiology in 2015. Her research focuses on the development of indigenous ethanol tolerant yeast, for the industrial production of Bioethanol. The research was motivated by the increasing world`s energy & fuel demands which encouraged research for alternative fuel sources such as Bioethanol. It was also aimed at developing indigenous non-saccharomyces ethanol tolerant yeast with prospects for applications in large industrial production of Bioethanol in Nigeria. In 2001, she accepted a position as Research Assistant in the Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Laboratory, at Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SHESTCO), Garki, Abuja Nigeria. She later joined the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) in 2002 as a Scientific Officer and grew to the rank of a Deputy Director (Research), 2018. She has been facilitating research collaborations on biotechnology both at local and international levels. Her notable accomplishments include; launching of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB), Nigeria chapter in 2009 which earned her national recognition as the champion of biotechnology in Nigeria. Rose Suniso Maxwell Gidado on numerous occasions served as invited guest speaker and presented papers on biotechnology at several local and international conferences, trainings and workshops.
Dr. Gidado recognizes and understands the role of science and technology for human advancement by improving human health, nutrition and economic growth, particularly the potential impacts of biotechnology on agriculture in Nigeria. Therefore, she is passionate about making Nigeria and Africa more food and nutrition secure, as well as promoting public understanding of science and modern biotechnology. Her mission through the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB), Nigeria, is to drive advocacy campaigns, enhance knowledge sharing on agricultural biotechnology and dispel misconceptions within the realms of genetic modification technology. She aims to promote inclusive communication strategies between all stakeholders in the industry, for policy makers to make informed decisions towards ensuring a food secured Nigeria in the face of frightening global food insecurity.
Presently, Dr. Gidado is involved in a research work on Herbicide Tolerant (Round-up- Ready) Soybeans Project in collaboration with Michigan State University as an Assistant lead Scientist. She facilitated the granting of the project. The aim of the project is to backross the HT genes into Nigerian leading commercial varieties of soybeans so as to reduce the drudgery of soybeans cultivation faced by farmers in Nigeria. This will promote the use of Soy in the country. Dr. Gidado’s Food Science background gives her the ability to lead in the food and feed safety assessment(regulatory) component of the project.