The Seed Biotechnology Center at the University of California Davis, has organized a professional development course to teach the latest principles in plant breeding to Africa’s top plant breeders. In collaboration with NEPAD (The New Partnership for Africa’s Development) and the African Orphan Crops Consortium, the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy launched the first of six classes in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2013. The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) provides administrative support to the academy to conduct its programs.