About WACCI

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, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda. 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
Our vision is 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.

Research Focus

Students' research at WACCI is focused on the following West African food crops:

cer root

Cereals

Maize, Rice, Sorghum and Millet

Root & Tubers

Cassava and Sweet potato

 

 

 

leg veg

Legumes

Cowpea and Groundnut

Vegetables

Tomato and Pepper

Students Research

1st Cohort

Issaka

Issaka Ahamdou

Development of downy mildew resistant hybrids of pearl millet
Thesis Abstract

 


max

Maxwell D. Asante

Genetic analysis of grain quality traits in rice
Thesis Abstract

 


Moses

Moses A. Adebayo

Genetic analyses of drought tolerance in crosses of adapted and exotic maize (Zea mays) inbred lines
Thesis Abstract


solo

Solomon Ansah Gyan

Breeding cowpea for phosphorus use efficiency in Ghana
Thesis Abstract


couli

Coulibay Mamadou

Stability for grain yield performance of maize inbreds and their hybrids in varying drought stress environments in Mali
Thesis Abstract

 


Aissatta

Aissata Ibrahim Mamadou

Evaluation of Nigerien sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) landraces and their testcross hybrids for combining ability
Thesis Abstract


some

Koussau Some

Genetic improvement of sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas) for beta-carotene and yield in Burkina Faso
Thesis Abstract


damian

Damian Njoku

Improving beta carotene content in farmers’ preferred cassava cultivars in Nigeria
Thesis Abstract


2nd Cohort

Adama

Coulibaly Adama Mamadou

Drought tolerant groundnut for Niger


adao

Dao Abdalla

Breeding for drought resistance on maize


ausman

Usman Alhassan

Breeding groundnut for resistance to groundnut rosette virus and its vector AphisCraccivora in Nigeria


bifie

Ifie Elohor Beatrice

Development of hybrid maize for tolerance to Striga and low nitrogen


Oppong

Allen Oppong

Harnessing Ghanaian maize germplasm to achieve durable MSV resistance


ogoita

Goita Oumarou

Development of alkaline tolerant rice for Mali


Oduro

Oduro Viviane

Breeding sweet potatoes for high yield and low sugar content


rthompson

Thompson Ruth

Delayed post -harvest physiological deterioration in cassava


sdramane

Sako Dramane

Quantitative Trait Loci analysis for yield components and panicle architecture in Sorghum


Traore

Traore Valentin Stanislas Edgar

Breeding rice (Oryza sativa) for stable yield and  durable resistance to rice yellow mottle virus in West and Central Africa


3th Cohort

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.


4th Cohort

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


5th Cohort

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


zara

Nikiema Zara Soutonnoma

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


6th Cohort

IMG 0172

Elaine Azu

Elucidation of Gene Function in Ems Mutagenized Population in Sorghum


IMG 0173

Sall Sangare Safiatou

Development of Striga Resistant Hybrid Maize in Mali


IMG 0175

Doumbia Ibrahima Zan

Breeding Cowpea for Thrips Resistance in Mali


IMG 0176

Kassari Ango

Development of Head Miner Resistant Pearl Millet Hybrid


IMG 0177

Drabo Inoussa

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


IMG 0179

Diatta Cyril

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


IMG 0496

Sobda Gonne

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


IMG 0499

Afolayan Gloria Onyenashia

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


IMG 0501

Kolawole Adesike Oladoyin

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


Sylvester ADDY

Sylvester Addy

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


7th Cohort

Zakaria

Dieni Zakaria

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Sanatu

Alidu Sanatu Mustapha

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Chiaka

Diallo Chiaka

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Abdou

Souleymane Abdou

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ijay

Akaogu Ijeoma

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Ishmail

Kayondo Siraj Ismail

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Alabi

Olumide Alabi

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Lydia

Ezenwaka Lydia Chidimma

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Diop

Diop Bathe

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sambou

Sambou Aissatou

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Kanfany

Kanfany Ghislain

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Isata

Kamanda Isata

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Kumba

Karim Kumba Yannah

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