African Plant Breeding Academy Class I
African Plant Breeding Academy, Class I
All held in Nairobi, Kenya
Session 1: held December 2-14, 2013
Session 2: held June 16-28, 2014
Session 3: held December 1-13, 2014
Class I Summary
Session 1 - December 2-14, 2013
The initial 2-week session of the first class of the African Plant Breeding Academy was very successful. The students were enthusiastic and engaged. The course material was new and challenging to them.
Each student was asked to prepare a poster describing their research. The posters were on display at the first evening reception and again at the official "Opening Reception" several days later.
Session 2 - June 16-28, 2014
The second session continued to sharpen the skills of plant breeders across the African continent on the use of new technologies and current approaches to improve genetic gains and efficiencies leading to increased food security and to promote innovative research on African orphan crops.
AfPBA students, instructors, and guest speakers from CIMMYT and GCP.
Session 3 - December 1-13, 2014
The third session built on the previous sessions. In addition, each student submitted a project designed to improve their success in developing improved cultivars that contribute to their national food security and economic vibrancy. They presented the projects to their peers and received constructive criticism on the delivery and content. A graduation ceremony was held and each student received a certificate of completion.