Building African breeders’ capacities

IITA and the West Africa Center for Crop Improvement (WACCI) have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at increasing the number of plant breeders in Africa.

Under the agreement, WACCI, a center at the University of Ghana, will send postgraduate students to IITA for three years to carry out research in plant breeding. Students will have access to IITA facilities and will be supervised by senior IITA scientists.

The alliance with WACCI is expected to halt the dwindling number of plant breeders in Africa and boost IITA’s role in building capacity in the continent. Building capacities of breeders is one way of helping ensure food security in Africa.

In its 45 years of existence as Africa’s leading research partner, IITA has trained more than 74,000 people in Africa and elsewhere. Some of these beneficiaries today occupy strategic positions in Africa.