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    Welcome to WACCI
  • Breeding
    Training the Next Generation of Plant Breeders in Africa
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    Developing Improved Crop Varieties to Feed Africa
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    The Molecular Biology Lab (The Biotech Centre)
  • cohort1
    First batch of WACCI Graduates
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    Second batch of WACCI Graduates

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Prof. Danquah Appointed To Chair Umat Governing Council

Prof. Danquah Appointed To Chair Umat Governing Council

Professor Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, nominated by Government, has been appointed Chairman of the Governing Council...

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The Second Cohort of WACCI PhD Students Graduate from the University Of Ghana

The Second Cohort of WACCI PhD Students Graduate from the University Of Ghana

The second cohort of 10 students of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI)...

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Professor Pangirayi Bernard Tongoona joins WACCI as Visiting Scholar

Professor Pangirayi Bernard Tongoona joins WACCI as Visiting Scholar

Professor Pangirayi Tongoona has joined the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) as a...

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Director Of WACCI, Prof. Eric Y. Danquah, Honoured By The University Of Ghana

Director Of WACCI, Prof. Eric Y. Danquah, Honoured By The University Of Ghana

Eric Y. Danquah, Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics at the Department of Crop Science of...

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Mr. Sylvester Addy awarded Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Programme (LEAP) Fellowship

Mr. Sylvester Addy awarded Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Programme (LEAP) Fellowship

Mr. Sylvester Addy, a second year PhD student of the West Africa Centre for Crop...

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WACCI Graduate Participates In The 2014 Washington Fellowship For Young African Leaders"

WACCI Graduate Participates In The 2014 Washington Fellowship For Young African Leaders"

Abdalla Dao, a graduate of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of...

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WACCI Student Awarded Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Programme (LEAP) Fellowship

WACCI Student Awarded Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Programme (LEAP) Fellowship

" Mercy Elohor Diebiru, a third year PhD student of the West Africa Centre for Crop...

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ACE Project formally launched in Abuja

ACE Project formally launched in Abuja

The World Bank has urged the 19 Africa Centres of Excellence (ACE) to demonstrate to...

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WACCI Hosts Professor Rita Mumm

WACCI Hosts Professor Rita Mumm

Prof. Rita Mumm, Founding Director of the Illinois Plant Breeding Centre at the University of...

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  1. Welcome Address
  2. About WACCI
  3. Students At A Glance

danquahericEric Yirenkyi Danquah PhD (Cantab) FCPS, FCCS 
(Professor of Plant Genetics)

Welcome to the West African Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), a Centre of excellence located on the University of Ghana campus. Our aim is to enhance Agriculture in West Africa by training and equipping doctoral students with conventional and molecular plant breeding tools. The Centre is composed of an array of talented scientists, staff and administrators who are loyal and committed to WACCI's vision of becoming the foremost Centre for plant breeding training in West and Central Africa. Added to WACCI's diverse human resource, is a student body that cuts across the West and Central African Sub-region. Whether you are a prospective student, a potential donor, an institute seeking to sponsor a student at the doctoral level in plant breeding or just a visitor, it is a pleasure to welcome you to our website. Hope you will find all the information here very useful.

Eric Y. Danquah

Director

The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), a partnership between the University of Ghana (UG) and Cornell University, USA was established in June 2007 with funding from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to train Plant Breeders in a PhD programme at the University of Ghana. In 2008, the Centre obtained funding from the Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) to train additional students. Currently, the Programme has students from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Mali and Senegal. WACCI is based on the successful model of the African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI), University of Kwazulu- Natal, South Africa. This model is based on the premise that we can train African Plant Breeders in Africa, working on African crops in African environments.

Vision
To be the foremost Centre for the training of Plant Breeders for West and Central Africa.


Mission
To equip plant breeders with knowledge and field experience to lead the conversion of genetic and molecular discoveries into innovative solutions that will benefit agriculture in West and Central Africa.
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  • alice

    Kosgei Alice Jelimo

    Genetic analysis of drought tolerance in chickpea (Cicer arietinum)

  • Batiano

    Batieno Teyioué Benoit Joseph

    Genetic analysis of drought tolerance and resistance to macrophomina phaseolina in cowpea.

  • Ernest

    Baafi Ernest

    Genetic variability and selection gain in end-user traits of sweet potatoes in Ghana

  • Hortense

    Mafouasson Apala Hortense Noelle

    Genetic analysis of maize tolerance to low soil nitrogen

  • Joseph

    Adjebeng-Danquah Joseph

    Genetic studies of cassava genotypes for improved yield under drought environments of northern Ghana

  • lawan

    Umar Muhammad Lawan

    Genetic studies of grain quality traits of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata)

  • lilli

    Tandzi ngoune Liliane

    Development of high yielding maize hybrids tolerant to acid soils in lowland areas of Cameroon

  • Nasser

    Mahamane Nasser, Laouali

    Study of combining ability and heterosis for yield and drought tolerance in tropical yellow maize

  • Oumarou

    Souleymane Oumarou

    Breeding rice (Oryza sativa) for salt tolerance in Niger

  • Uzuma

    Okechukwu Uzoma Chizoba

    Combining Ability, Heterotic Patterns and Identification of Quantitative Trait Loci Associated with Striga Resistance in Tropical Maize Inbreds under contrasting environments.

  • Bunmi

    Ibitoye Olubunmi Dorcas

    Genetic analysis of inheritance of resistance to bacterial blight disease in cowpea

  • Fafa

    Egbazor Kenneth Fafa

    Genetic analysis of seed size and coat colour inheritance in cowpea (Vigna Unguiculata)

  • Maureen

    Nkoumki Maureen Fonji Atemkeng

    Breeding for phosphorus efficiency in cowpea towards efficient biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) in low P soils of southern Cameroon

  • Nofou

    Ouedraogo Nofou

    Marker Assisted Selection to improve drought adaptation in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor): diallel approach perspectives, limitations and alternatives

  • Perp

    Okoro Perpetua

    Developing strategies to enhance the use of inbreeding to produce superior cassava varieties

  • Priscy

    Adofo Boateng Priscilla

    Genetic studies of inheritance of maize to tropical low nitrogen soils

  • salifou

    Salifou Mahamadou

    Marker Assisted Selection of cowpea lines resistant to Striga gesnerioides

  • Sorry

    Sory Sissoko

    Marker Assisted Selection of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) varieties tolerant to post flowering drought

  • bissah

    Bissah Matilda Ntowa

    Identification of  novel QTLs for salinity tolerance from traditional germplasm using genome wide association studies

  • chris

    Anyaoha Christian Okechukwu

    Genetic understanding and chromosomal regions that contribute to yield under a given stress condition in NERICA varieties

  • hamidou

    Massaoudou Hamidou

    Combining Ability of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) for Midge (Stenodiplosissorgicola) Resistance in Niger

  • mercy

    Diebiru Mercy Elohor Ahor

    Rapid Breeding Cycle for Cassava

  • samuel

    Abebrese Samuel Oppong

    Breeding  rice for drought tolerance in the Guinea and Sudan Savanna zones of Ghana

  • sanogo

    Sanogo Ousmane

    Genetic Analysis of Drought and Preharvest Aflatoxin Contamination in Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea)

  • solomon

    Afuape Solomon Olufemi

    Development of orange-fleshed sweet potato lines with agronomic, food and processing qualities for varied end-users in Nigeria

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    Nikiema Zara Soutonnoma

    Identification of Resistant Genes Against Colletotrichumsublineolum and their Introgression into Stay green Sorghum Varieties in Burkina Faso and West African Countries.

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    Elaine Azu

    Elucidation of Gene Function in Ems Mutagenized Population in Sorghum

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    Sall Sangare Safiatou

    Development of Striga Resistant Hybrid Maize in Mali

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    Doumbia Ibrahima Zan

    Breeding Cowpea for Thrips Resistance in Mali

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    Kassari Ango

    Development of Head Miner Resistant Pearl Millet Hybrid

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    Drabo Inoussa

    Intra-Population Improvement of Cytoplasmic Male-Sterile Pearl Millet (Pennisetum glaucu (L) R. Br.) Populations for Olowny Mildew Resistance and Combining Ability

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    Diatta Cyril

    Development of Sorghum for Resistance to Grain Mold at Phynological Maturity Using Agronomic Indicator and Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL)

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    Sobda Gonne

    Breeding Cowpea resistant to flower bud thrips (Megalurothrips sjostedti) in Cameroon

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    Afolayan Gloria Onyenashia

    Introgression of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) for Striga Resistance into Sorghum Varieties Adapted in Nigeria Through Marker Assisted Backcrossing

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    Kolawole Adesike Oladoyin

    Response to Reciprocal Recurrent Selection and Genetic Divergence in Two Tropical Maize Composites

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    Sylvester Addy

    Genetic Studies of Low Phytate and it's Association with Cooking Time and Fe and Zn bioavailability in Cowpea

  • Zakaria

    Dieni Zakaria

  • Sanatu

    Alidu Sanatu Mustapha

  • Chiaka

    Diallo Chiaka

  • Abdou

    Souleymane Abdou

  • ijay

    Akaogu Ijeoma

  • Ishmail

    Kayondo Siraj Ismail

  • Alabi

    Olumide Alabi

  • Lydia

    Ezenwaka Lydia Chidimma

  • Diop

    Diop Bathe

  • sambou

    Sambou Aissatou

  • Kanfany

    Kanfany Ghislain

  • Isata

    Kamanda Isata

  • Kumba

    Karim Kumba Yannah

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