The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI) has launched a book titled “The New Breed: Training the Next Generation of African Plant Breeders in Africa”
The book celebrates the ACCI’s amazing 15year journey that has seen over 100 breeders graduate at PhD level with another 29 PhD students still in training.
The ACCI was launched in 2002 through financial support from The Rockefeller Foundation. In 2007, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) took over support of ACCI with funding from Rockefeller and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) as a key component of AGRA’s strategy to improve the lives of smallholder farmers across Africa through higher-yielding, locally-adapted seeds. The ACCI graduates have released over 140 new crop varieties bred to be high yielding and resilient to abiotic and abiotic stresses with over 200 publications released so far.
‘The New Breed’ focuses on the concept of the ACCI and how its objectives were achieved, especially how to successfully get students to graduate with a PhD in Plant Breeding on time, given the challenge of meeting these deadlines in a qualification where seasons, climate and crop diseases impact on research timelines. The Centre has also focused on supervising the students while they conduct research in their 14 home countries, with a period of training in South Africa at the commencement of their studies.
Click here to download a free digital version of “The New Breed”.