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Plant Breeding Academy

Africa Plant Breeding Academy Class IV

Call for Class IV Applications set for June 2018

The University of California, Davis will be opening registration this June for Class IV of the African Plant Breeding AcademySM in collaboration with The African Union New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), The Alliance for a Green Revolution for Africa (AGRA), Mars, Incorporated and the African Orphan Crops Consortium. The UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy is a premium professional certificate program. To date, more than 80 scientists from 25 countries across the African continent have participated. This program is part of global professional training coordinated by UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy serving crop improvement professionals in the North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, making the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy the most recognized program of its kind. The program covers the fundamentals and the most recent developments in plant breeding theory and practice. UC Davis is often recognized as a top University in the world for teaching and research in agriculture.

The goal of the African Plant Breeding Academy is to train practicing African plant breeders in the most advanced theory and technologies for plant breeding in support of critical decisions for crop improvement. This includes the latest concepts in plant breeding, quantitative genetics, statistics and experimental design. It also includes accurate and precise trait evaluations, development of appropriate strategies to integrate genomics into breeding programs, and experience in identifying and utilizing DNA-based markers in breeding programs. The instructors are internationally recognized experts in plant breeding, genetics, and seed technology. The program is delivered in three 2-week sessions at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Participant Criteria and Selection

Classes are limited to 35 students. All participants must be based in Africa and must be actively managing a breeding program.

Ideal applicants will:

  • Hold a Ph.D. or Masters degree with significant plant breeding experience
  • Have taken courses in statistics, genetics and breeding
  • Be currently managing a breeding program in any crop
  • Have proficiency in English language
  • Be available to attend all sessions

Class IV Application Period

A formal call will be issued in June 2018 for applications for Class IV of this course, for which the three 2-week sessions will be held in Nairobi, Kenya:

  • November 25 – December 8, 2018
  • May 12 - 25, 2019
  • December 1 - 13, 2019

Selected students will be offered a fully paid scholarship from the African Orphan Crops Consortium and NEPAD Agency that covers tuition, all materials, travel and accommodations.  Deadline for applications will be in August 2018 (exact date to be announced later). 

For more information on course curriculum, dates, the application process and scholarships, please visit the UC Davis PBA web site at


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