Mohammed Saba Baba

Mr Mohammed Baba Saba was born in Bida, Niger State of Nigeria. He had his primary education at the Apostolic LGEA Primary School, Bacita, Kwara State of Nigeria, and proceeded to the then famous Government Model Secondary School in Bida, Niger State of Nigeria for his secondary education. He attended the prestigious University in the northern part of Nigeria, the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; where he obtained Bachelor degree in Agriculture (B. Agric) in 2008, and Master degree (MSc) in Plant Breeding in 2012.

His practical breeding experience began with his MSc Plant breeding project, where he worked on transgenic cowpea populations, studying the inheritance of Cry1Ab transgene in the segregating generations of cowpea generated via conventional hand crosses, between lines genetically engineered with the Cry1Ab transgene and non-transgenic cowpea lines susceptible to Maruca pest.

In January, 2012, he joined the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as an Assistant Research Fellow. Since then, he has been involved in the breeding research activities in the programme of Cowpea and Biotechnology research programme of the institute.  He is part of a collaborative research endeavor, between the Institute for Agricultural Research of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria and African Agricultural Technology Foundation, Kenya aimed at developing Bt Cowpea resistant varieties in West Africa, where he is working in the breeders’ team, in making crosses between the genetically engineered cowpea lines and local cowpea varieties. In addition, he continues to carry out regular research activities of the Institute in genetic improvement of cowpea. These research activities include; production of breeder seeds, germplasm maintenance, selection and screening for further improvement.

Mr Mohammed heard about the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) PhD programme from two of his senior colleagues in the department, one of them, had graduated with WACCI Cohort 2, and the other about to graduate with WACCI Cohort 3. Mohammed is currently developing a research proposal on genetic improvement of cowpea for photoperiod insensitivity and low soil phosphorus use efficiency. His programme at WACCI is being sponsored by a World Bank Project; the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP - Nigeria).