African Plant Breeding Academy Class I

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The first AfPBA class

Session 1 – December 2013

The initial 2-week session of the first class of the African Plant Breeding Academy was very successful. The students were enthusiastic and engaged. The course material was new and challenging to them. Each student was asked to prepare a poster describing their research. The posters were on display at the first evening reception and again at the official “Opening Reception” several days later.

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Participants’ group photo

Session 2 – June 2014

The second session continued to sharpen the skills of plant breeders across the African continent on the use of new technologies and current approaches to improve genetic gains and skills leading to increased food security and to promote innovative research on African orphan crops.

 

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Participants’ group photo

Session 3 – December 2014
The third session built on the previous sessions. In addition, each student submitted a project designed to improve their success in developing improved cultivars that contribute to their national food security and economic vibrancy. They presented the projects to their peers and received constructive criticism on the delivery and content. A graduation ceremony was held and each student received a certificate of completion.

Student List:

Names Institution Country Crops
Ayodeji   Abe University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria Nigeria maize
Ngozi Eucharia   Abu UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, NSUKKA Nigeria pepper, allium
Olagorite   Adetula NATIONAL HORTICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE PRESENTLY WITH NATIONAL  SEED COUNCIL (SABBATICAL LEAVE) Nigeria creeping foxglove
Daniel   Adewale Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria Nigeria cocoa
Eyanawa   Akata Atchozou ITRA / CRASS – Kara – Togo Togo sorghum
Kebebew Assefa PDebre Zeit vAgricultural Research Center Ethiopia tef, cereal, chickpea
Michael Teye   Barnor Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana Ghana eggplant, yam, rice
Rogério   Chiulele Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry Engineering, Eduardo Mondlane University Mozambique cowpea
Agyemang   Danquah West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement Ghana sorghum, cereals
Daniel Ambachew   Demissie South Agricultural Research Institute Ethiopia bean
Bathe   Diop Senegalese Agriculture Research Institute (ISRA)/Agriculture Research Center of Djibelor Senegal rice
Million Fikreselassie   Erena Haramaya University Ethiopia bean, pea, oil crops
Yonas Moges   Gelaw Haramaya University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia Ethiopia sorghum, bean
Abdou Razakou   Ibrahim Bio Yerima National Agricultural Research Institute of Niger (INRAN) Niger sorghum, cowpea, rice
Honoré   Kam INERA Burkina Faso rice
James Karanja Kenya Agricultural Research Institute Kenya maize
Mieso   Keweti DILLA UNIVERSITY Ethiopia maize
Sunday   Makinde Lagos State University, Ojo Campus Nigeria okra, waste management
Busiso   Mavankeni Department of Research & Specialist Services Zimbabwe bean, cowpea, soybean, rice
Firew   Mekbib Haramaya University Ethiopia tef, bean
Pokou   N’Da Desire Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA) Côte-D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) cocoa
Theophile Ndacyayiseng Rwanda Agriculture Board Rwanda potato
Abdou  Ndiaye Institut Senegalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA) Senegal maize
Wonder   Nunekpeku Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute Ghana cassava, pepper
Godson Nwofia MICHEAL OKPARA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE,UMUDIKE Nigeria cowpea, legumes
Bunmi  Olasanmi UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN Nigeria cassava
John Onditi Kenya Agricultural Research Institute Kenya potato
Grace Nneka   Onwubiko University of Nigeria, Nsukka Nigeria maize
Yayis Rezene   Tedla Southern Agricultural Research Institute(SARI) Ethiopia bean