Strategic Partnerships for Agricultural Innovation & Entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa
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Current forecasts place sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as the only region in the world where hunger and malnutrition will worsen over the next two decades, unless some drastic measures are taken to avert the situation. SSA needs skilled human resources to utilise advanced technologies in the development of superior varieties of staple crops for increased productivity per unit area. The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) was established in 2007 at the University of Ghana (UG) to train plant breeders to develop superior varieties of food security crops to spark a green revolution in SSA. WACCI runs an innovative 4-year PhD program focused on training plant breeders working on African crops in their local environments and a Masters program in Seed Science and Technology.
In this talk, Professor Danquah will share some of the numerous success stories demonstrating the contribution graduates from the WACCI program have made towards enhanced regional food security through the delivery of superior crop varieties and hybrids that meet the needs of farmers and other stakeholders in the crop value chains. A number of recent developments aimed at transforming WACCI into a global agricultural innovation and entrepreneurship institution are highlighted in the presentation. Professor Danquah will conclude with opportunities for win-win academic partnerships between Universities in SSA and partner universities globally to strengthen higher agricultural education in Africa and encourage advanced institutions to open up for knowledge creation, sharing and transfer to equip the NextGen scientists in SSA with the knowledge and skills urgently needed to end hunger, achieve food security, promote nutrition and sustainable agriculture in our lifetime.
Professor of Plant Genetics at the Department of Crop Science of the College or Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana. Currently, he serves as the Director of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement established in the University in 2007 as a result of his shared vision and leadership to train a next generation or plant breeders to develop improved varieties of staple crops in West and Central Africa. Professor Danquah’s professional focus is on genetic diversity in crop plants and associated pests and how diversity relates to performance.
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