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  • The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), a constituent unit of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences has donated a 4 x 4 Toyota Prado to the College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS).

  • The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) at the University of Ghana, Legon in collaboration with the Alliance for Agricultural R&D for Food Security (comprised of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), the Australian International Food Security Research Centre

  • The third cohort of nine students and a fourth cohort student of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon, with PhDs in Plant Breeding on July 24, 2015 at the Great Hall of the University.

  • The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana has held a three-day workshop from July 14 -16, 2015 at the Volta Hotel, Akosombo on the theme “Transforming WACCI into a sustainable Centre of Excellence for Training Plant Breeders and Seed Scientists for the future of food security in Africa”.

  • The Director of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), Professor Eric Y. Danquah, has commended the External Review Panel that was commissioned in January 2015 to review WACCI’s operations since inception in 2007.

  • Food security has for a long time focused on higher productivity of staple food crops in Africa to the neglect of the nutrient-rich vegetables.

  • Ms. Ibitoye, Dorcas Olubunmi, a cohort 4 WACCI student, was among twelve students who participated in the 2015 Nestlé Conference on Planting Seeds for the Future of Food in Lausanne, Switzerland from June 2 - 3, 2015.

  • The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), has launched a Vegetables Innovation Laboratory (VIL) as part of efforts to beef up vegetable production and food security in Ghana and the sub-region.

  • The Director of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), Professor Eric Y.

  • A WACCI graduate and two students, Dr. Some Koussao (Cohort 1, Burkina Faso), Mr. Ernest Baafi (Cohort 3, Ghana) and Mr. Afuape Solomon Olufemi (Cohort 5, Nigeria), all sweetpotato breeders in their respective home countries have participated in the 14th Annual Sweet potato Breeders Meeting held in Uganda from June 2 to 5, 2015.

  • Centre leaders and other delegates of the five agricultural Africa Centres of Excellence (ACE) under the Association of African Universities (AAU) - led World Bank (WB) ACE project have unanimously endorsed the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) as the front-runner of the World Bank-funded project.

  • Ten WACCI students from six countries have successfully defended their PhD theses at the School of Graduate Studies, University of Ghana. They comprised nine students from the 3rd cohort and one from the 4th cohort.

  • Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, Board Chair of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa  (AGRA) and Chief Executive Officer of Econet Wireless International together with some members of the AGRA Board including the President of AGRA, Dr.

  • Mr. Olumide Alabi, a second year PhD student at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, has participated in the 2015 Spring School course on ‘Plant Phenotyping Workshop’ organised by the European Plant Phenotyping Network (EPPN) from March 9-13, 2015.

  • The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) will host Dr. Evans Lagudah of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Plant Industry, from March 12 – 13, 2015 to deliver an advanced module on “Genomics for Accelerated Plant Breeding”.

     

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