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  • The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) on Thursday, September 8, 2016, received an “AGRA Star Gift” at the just ended African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • The Chair of WACCI Advisory Board, Dr Eugene Terry, has been appointed as an Independent Member on the System Management Board of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium. The 10-member governing board is entrusted with oversight responsibility over the vision, strategic direction, advocacy and governance of the CGIAR Consortium.

  • The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) on Friday, July 22, 2016, graduated its fourth cohort of PhD students in Plant Breeding at the July congregation of the University of Ghana, Legon. The ceremony was presided over by Justice Prof. Samuel K. Date-Bah, Chairman of Council of the University. The graduates who were made up of 3 male and 4 female students from 6 countries in Africa will join 28 other students who have already graduated from the Centre.

  • The fifth Africa Centres of Excellence (ACEs) Project Workshop has been held at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra with over 200 participants from the 22 ACEs, the World Bank, the AAU and other partners from within and outside of Africa

  • The World Bank has lauded Professor Eric Danquah, the Director of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, for the excellent successful organisation of the Africa Centres of Excellence (ACE) meeting in Accra.

  • Students of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) have participated in an international symposium organized by The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations from February 15-17, 2016 in Rome. The theme of the symposium was “The role of agricultural biotechnologies in sustainable food systems and nutrition”.

  • Ms. Ijeoma Chinyere Akaogu, a third year PhD in Plant Breeding student of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), has been selected as a Fellow of the Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Programme (LEAP) of the United States Government’s “Feed the Future Borlaug 21st Century Leadership Initiative”.

  • The Econet Foundation has awarded a USD 600,000 grant to the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) for the training of 10 PhD students who recently enrolled in the flagship PhD programme in Plant Breeding at the University of Ghana. The students, who are from nine countries in West, East and Southern Africa, will be equipped with knowledge and skills in modern plant breeding to work towards transforming agriculture in their countries.

  • Professor Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, Director of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) and also a Professor of Plant Genetics at the Department of Crop Science at the University of Ghana has been appointed member of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Bill and Melinda Gates-funded AfricaYam Project (AYP) based at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria.

  • A three-day orientation programme has been held for the 2016 doctoral students enrolled on the PhD Plant Breeding Programme of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI). The 2016 graduate students, who are so far, the largest cohort enrolled on the programme, are from 9 African countries namely Niger, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Malawi, Togo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia and Burkina Faso.

  • The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) came out top of the table of 19 World Bank funded Africa Centres of Excellence (ACEs), in resource mobilization and overall performance at the opening session of the Fourth ACEs project workshop in Cotonou, Benin. This was the outcome of the evaluation of the ACEs, presented by Mrs. Adeline Addy, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist of AAU following the first year of implementation of the project.

  • A final year AGRA sponsored PhD student at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), Mrs. Dorcas Ibitoye Olubunmi has placed third in the final round, PhD category of The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL) and The Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) Research Paper Competition.

  • The 2011 West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, Legon students have returned to the Centre upon completion of their research work in their home institutions to complete theses for submission.

  • The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, Legon has launched an innovative MPhil Seed Science and Technology (SST) programme in response to the growing need for experts and professionals and a well- structured seed industry in the West African sub-region.

  • A two-day workshop for the five World Bank Africa Centres of Excellence (ACEs) in agriculture, dubbed “Workshop for the Agriculture Education Front-runners in West Africa: ACEs Learning Experience at WACCI” on the theme: “The march towards food security in Africa” has taken place recently.  52 pa

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