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WACCI: African Centre of Excellence (ACE)
for Training Plant Breeders and Seed Scientists
Fourth ACE Project Workshop, Cotonou, Benin
November 16-19, 2015 1
Dr. John S. Y. Eleblu
Coordinator, Research Programmes, Francophone West Africa
WACCI
West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI)
Established in June, 2007 to train plant breeders (in an
innovative 4-year PhD program) over a 10-year period (AGRA-
PASS grant)
Vision
To become the foremost Centre for the training of
Plant Breeders for Africa
• To transform WACCI into a sustainable
world class platform for the training of Plant
Breeders and Seed Scientists &
Technologists
• To enrol 65 PhD students in Plant Breeding
and 60 MPhil students in Seed Science &
Technology between 2014 and 2018
The Objectives of the WACCI-ACE Project
3
Update DLI 2.1: PhD Students Enrollment - Cohort 8 (2015)
TCHALA Noudifoule
Togo
WAAPP, Togo
OBENG-BIO
Ebenezer
Ghana
USAID
DEWA Messan Koussakana
Togo
WAAPP, Togo
DAWUD Maryam Abba
Nigeria
WAAPP, Nigeria
SSREMBA Godfrey
Uganda
EU-Intra ACP Mobility
BANLA Essohouna
Modom
Togo
WAAPP, Togo
MELOMEY Leander Dede
Ghana
Syngenta Foundation
DADZIE Abu Mustapha
Ghana
USAID
MOHAMMED Saba
Baba
Nigeria
WAAPP, Nigeria
UTOBLO Obaiya Grace
Nigeria
DAAD
DIATTA Elisabeth
Senegal
Purdue-SMIL
SEYNI Ousmane
Diakite
Niger
Purdue-SMIL
BARNOR Teye
Michael
Ghana
USAID
NGALAMU Tony
South Sudan
EU-Intra ACP Mobility
DIANGAR Moussa
Senegal
WAAPP, Senegal
4, 27%
11, 73%
Regional Spread
National Regional
11, 73%
4, 27%
Gender
Male Female
Update DLI 2.1: PhD Students Admitted – Cohort 9 (2016)
NAME GENDER COUNTRY
1 Mr. Ousseini Ardaly Abdou Oussou Male Niger
2 Ms. Juliana Mariama Vangahun Female Sierra Leone
3 Mrs. Augusta Jebeh Barka Female Sierra Leone
4 Mrs. Rukaiya Aliyu Sami Female Nigeria
5 Mr. Luka Atwok Opio Awata Male South Sudan
6 Mr. Mahamadou Gado Djibo Male Niger
7 Mr. Wendm Ygzaw Gesesew Male Ethiopia
8 Mr. Bassirou Sani Boubacar Gaoh Male Niger
9 Mr. Nathan Aliel Kachiguma Male Malawi
10 Mr. Bedasa Mekonnon Dosho Male Ethiopia
11 Mr. Aminu Kurawa Ibrahim Male Nigeria
12 Mr. Tighankoumi Jnr. Gmakouba Male Togo
13 Mrs. Adelaide Pingdewinde Ouedraogo Female Burkina Faso
14 Mrs. Pearl Abu Female Ghana
15 Mr. Michael Kwabena Osei Male Ghana
16 Mrs. Rosemary Kusi-Adjei Female Ghana
17 Mr. Kwabena Bediako Asare Male Ghana
18 Mr. Yahaya Abdul Rahman Sadiq Male Nigeria
19 Mr. Cheikh Oumar Diallo Male Senegal
20 Mr. Dans Kiamue Johnson Male Liberia
21 Mr. Prince Emmanuel Norman Male Sierra Leone
22 Mr. Abdulwahab Saliu Shaibu Male Nigeria
18, 82%
4, 18%
Regional Spread
Regional National
16, 73%
6, 27%
Gender
Male Female
Enrollment to date
82 Students Enrolled
30 Female (37%)
43 Anglophone (52%)
39 Francophone
MPhil Seed Science &
Technology
 Developed MPhil SST
curriculum
 Obtained accreditation for
MPhil SST programme
 Admission of quality students
into MPhil programme in
progress
Update DLI 2.2: New MPhil Programme
Innovative 2-yr MPhil
SST Programme
– 1 year Coursework
– 3 months experiential
learning at Private Seed
Companies, National Seed
Programmes, ISU-SSC,
Cornell-NYSAES and other
collaborating institutions
– 1 year thesis research
Delivering
New Accredited Programmes…
MPhil in Seed Science and Technology in collaboration with Iowa State
University, USA the NARS in Ghana and the private sector
Update DLI 2.2: Mphil Students Enrollment – Cohort 1 (2015)
ESHUN Kwesi Benjamin
Ghana
SACKEY Evans Agortey
Ghana
VUKANIA Daisy Hatong
Ghana
Lorpu Kezelee
Liberia
OSSOM Mathias Korle
Ghana
ACHEAMPONG Anthony
Ghana
ISSAH Abdul-Rashid
Ghana
AMIHERE Kwame Blay
Ghana
SARKODIE Jonathan
Ghana
Davidetta Moore
Coleguwor
Liberia
Prince Eburey Appiah
Ghana
9, 82%
2, 18%
Regional Spread
National Regional
8, 73%
3, 27%
Gender
Male Female
 Innovative Programmes/
Curriculum
 Excellence built into the
programme
 Excellent facilities
 English language proficien
cy course (Francophone)
 Student Bursaries
 Stable & Friendly
Environment in Ghana
 Impact of our Graduates
Attracting Regional Students
4
3
4
1
3
2
1 1 1 1 1
WACCI Cohort 9 PhD Students
• Two boreholes, drip irrigation
system, water storage
system, seed store,
generator
• 2.5 acres irrigable area
fenced and gated (Expansion to
5 acres)
• 1,750 hybrids have been
evaluated
Multi-locational trials of 10
hybrid varieties (9 - 11 t/ha)
ongoing
WACCI Model Farm
11
Partner Engagement
WACCI,
UG
AGRA
Gates & Rockefeller
Foundations
Local & Regional Institutions
(Universities, NARI’s, Private
Sector, NGOs)
KNUST, CSIR, BNARI,
ARCN, IER, BecA-ILRI,
INERA, INRAN
Premium Foods, M&B
Seeds, Seed Co.
Cornell Univ.
Purdue Univ.
Univ of Illinois
Iowa State Univ.
ICRISAT, IITA
GCP, JICA, USAID,
DAAD,WAAPP, SFSA,
WAAPP, WORLD BANK,
Establishment of the Consortium for
Agricultural Education and Innovation
Frontrunners in West Africa
Activity Responsible ACE/Persons Deadlines
Development of the
framework
WACCI September 30, 2015
Review and inputs from
other ACEs
ACEs representatives October 15, 2015
Discussion of the CAEIFWA
documents and plans during
the next ACE meeting,
Cotonou, Benin
ACEs November 2015
Formation of the Steering
Committee
ACE Directors November 2015
Action Plan To Strengthen Partnerships
• Co - supervision of students
• Training workshops
• Faculty and Staff Exchange
• Seminars
• Breeding Programmes and Joint Research Proposals
• Genotyping and Data Analysis
• Stakeholder Meetings
• A seat on the WACCI Advisory Board (CORAF-
WECARD)
Donors/Sponsors
AGRA ICRISAT Drylands Cereals
GCP DAAD
Cornell University USAID
Purdue University EU Intra-ACP Mobility Project
Kirkhouse Trust Global Change
Institute/University of
Queensland
VW Foundation AGRA SSTP
WAAPP Premium Foods
Syngenta Foundation for
Sustainable Agriculture
Revenue Generated (Jan 1, 2014 – Nov 18, 2015)
SPONSOR/DONOR STUDENT(S)/PROJECT AMOUNT (USD)
AGRA 1. ABDOU SOULEYMANE
2. SANATU ALIDU
MUSTAPHA
3. DIENI ZAKARIA
4. DIALLO CHIAKA
5. AKAOGU IJEOMA
CHINYERE
2,440,188
WAAPP Sierra Leone 1. KARIM KUMBA YANNAH
2. ISATA KAMANDA
123,642
WAAPP Senegal 1. KANFANY GHISLAIN
2. BATHE DIOP
3. AISSATOU SAMBOU
4. MOUSSA DIANGAR
131,699
CORNELL NEXTGEN
CASSAVA
1. OLUMIDE ALABI ALABA
2. LYDIA EZENWAKA
3. KAYONDO ISMAIL
164,397
Scholarships
SPONSOR/DONOR STUDENT(S)/PROJECT AMOUNT (USD)
USAID 1. ABU MUSTAPHA DADZIE
2. EBENEZER OBENG-BIO
3. MICHAEL TEYE-BANNOR
64,689
SYNGENTA
FOUNDATION
(SFSA)
1. LEANDER DEDE MELORME 29,155
PURDUE SMIL 1. ELISABETH DIATTA
2. SEYNI DIAKITE OUSMANE
68,906
WAAPP TOGO 1. DEWA KASA MESSAN
2. BANLA ESSOUHOUN
3. TCHALA GILBERT
NOUDIFOULE
96,432
INTRA-ACP 1. GODFREY SSEREMBA
2. TONY NGALAMU
106,740
WAAPP NIGERIA 1. MARYAM ABBA DAWUD
2. MOHAMMED SABA BABA
23,078
Scholarships
SPONSOR/DONOR STUDENT(S)/PROJECT AMOUNT (USD)
ICRISAT DC DRYLANDS CEREALS
SCHOLARSHIP
49,993
DAAD PART-SCHORLARSHIP FOR 7
PHD STUDENTS
98,303
GCI/UNIVERSITY
OF QUEENSLAND
DEMAND-LED PLANT VARIETY
DESIGN
105,000
PURDUE
UNIVERSITY
FUNCTIONAL SORGHUM
GENE DISCOVERY PROJECT
41,078
KIRKHOUSE TRUST PHD SCHOLARSHIP FOR
SOBDA GONNE
48,543
AGRA SSTP FIELD TRIAL AND EVALUATION
OF MAIZE HYBRIDS
37,834
SELF-PART SCHOLARSHIP
FOR PHD STUDIES
9,043
Student Projects
• Total Revenue Generated from January 1,
2014 to November 18, 2015 is:
US$3,638,715
Total Revenue Generated
Status of Expenditure (Committed)
• Seed Laboratory Equipment - US$233,861.76
• Farm Irrigation Facilities - US$49,500
• Network Equipment & Accessories - US$15,100
• Computers & Accessories - US$15,600
• Vehicles (4 X 4 & Bus) - US$217,000
• General Office Consumables - US$24,500
• Tuition scholarships (MPhil & PhD Students) -
US$86,737
• Accounting software (purchased) - US$750
Challenges and Coping Strategies
• Funding for qualified students
 Continous resource mobilization efforts
• Qualified female students willing and able to enroll
 Create innovative recruitment strategies to attract
female students
• Unavailability of qualified plant breeders in some countries
 WACCI products (graduates)
• Limited space at WACCI
 Expansion of existing lecture room
 Construction of new facility to host
 Seed Science and Technology Laboratory
 Bioinformatics Laboratory
 Tissue Culture Laboratory
 Cold room
 Lecture rooms
 Conference rooms
 Offices
Acknowledgements: Partners
WAAPP
The NARS in WCA

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  • 1. WACCI: African Centre of Excellence (ACE) for Training Plant Breeders and Seed Scientists Fourth ACE Project Workshop, Cotonou, Benin November 16-19, 2015 1 Dr. John S. Y. Eleblu Coordinator, Research Programmes, Francophone West Africa WACCI
  • 2. West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) Established in June, 2007 to train plant breeders (in an innovative 4-year PhD program) over a 10-year period (AGRA- PASS grant) Vision To become the foremost Centre for the training of Plant Breeders for Africa
  • 3. • To transform WACCI into a sustainable world class platform for the training of Plant Breeders and Seed Scientists & Technologists • To enrol 65 PhD students in Plant Breeding and 60 MPhil students in Seed Science & Technology between 2014 and 2018 The Objectives of the WACCI-ACE Project 3
  • 4. Update DLI 2.1: PhD Students Enrollment - Cohort 8 (2015) TCHALA Noudifoule Togo WAAPP, Togo OBENG-BIO Ebenezer Ghana USAID DEWA Messan Koussakana Togo WAAPP, Togo DAWUD Maryam Abba Nigeria WAAPP, Nigeria SSREMBA Godfrey Uganda EU-Intra ACP Mobility BANLA Essohouna Modom Togo WAAPP, Togo MELOMEY Leander Dede Ghana Syngenta Foundation DADZIE Abu Mustapha Ghana USAID MOHAMMED Saba Baba Nigeria WAAPP, Nigeria UTOBLO Obaiya Grace Nigeria DAAD DIATTA Elisabeth Senegal Purdue-SMIL SEYNI Ousmane Diakite Niger Purdue-SMIL BARNOR Teye Michael Ghana USAID NGALAMU Tony South Sudan EU-Intra ACP Mobility DIANGAR Moussa Senegal WAAPP, Senegal 4, 27% 11, 73% Regional Spread National Regional 11, 73% 4, 27% Gender Male Female
  • 5. Update DLI 2.1: PhD Students Admitted – Cohort 9 (2016) NAME GENDER COUNTRY 1 Mr. Ousseini Ardaly Abdou Oussou Male Niger 2 Ms. Juliana Mariama Vangahun Female Sierra Leone 3 Mrs. Augusta Jebeh Barka Female Sierra Leone 4 Mrs. Rukaiya Aliyu Sami Female Nigeria 5 Mr. Luka Atwok Opio Awata Male South Sudan 6 Mr. Mahamadou Gado Djibo Male Niger 7 Mr. Wendm Ygzaw Gesesew Male Ethiopia 8 Mr. Bassirou Sani Boubacar Gaoh Male Niger 9 Mr. Nathan Aliel Kachiguma Male Malawi 10 Mr. Bedasa Mekonnon Dosho Male Ethiopia 11 Mr. Aminu Kurawa Ibrahim Male Nigeria 12 Mr. Tighankoumi Jnr. Gmakouba Male Togo 13 Mrs. Adelaide Pingdewinde Ouedraogo Female Burkina Faso 14 Mrs. Pearl Abu Female Ghana 15 Mr. Michael Kwabena Osei Male Ghana 16 Mrs. Rosemary Kusi-Adjei Female Ghana 17 Mr. Kwabena Bediako Asare Male Ghana 18 Mr. Yahaya Abdul Rahman Sadiq Male Nigeria 19 Mr. Cheikh Oumar Diallo Male Senegal 20 Mr. Dans Kiamue Johnson Male Liberia 21 Mr. Prince Emmanuel Norman Male Sierra Leone 22 Mr. Abdulwahab Saliu Shaibu Male Nigeria 18, 82% 4, 18% Regional Spread Regional National 16, 73% 6, 27% Gender Male Female
  • 6. Enrollment to date 82 Students Enrolled 30 Female (37%) 43 Anglophone (52%) 39 Francophone
  • 7. MPhil Seed Science & Technology  Developed MPhil SST curriculum  Obtained accreditation for MPhil SST programme  Admission of quality students into MPhil programme in progress Update DLI 2.2: New MPhil Programme
  • 8. Innovative 2-yr MPhil SST Programme – 1 year Coursework – 3 months experiential learning at Private Seed Companies, National Seed Programmes, ISU-SSC, Cornell-NYSAES and other collaborating institutions – 1 year thesis research Delivering New Accredited Programmes… MPhil in Seed Science and Technology in collaboration with Iowa State University, USA the NARS in Ghana and the private sector
  • 9. Update DLI 2.2: Mphil Students Enrollment – Cohort 1 (2015) ESHUN Kwesi Benjamin Ghana SACKEY Evans Agortey Ghana VUKANIA Daisy Hatong Ghana Lorpu Kezelee Liberia OSSOM Mathias Korle Ghana ACHEAMPONG Anthony Ghana ISSAH Abdul-Rashid Ghana AMIHERE Kwame Blay Ghana SARKODIE Jonathan Ghana Davidetta Moore Coleguwor Liberia Prince Eburey Appiah Ghana 9, 82% 2, 18% Regional Spread National Regional 8, 73% 3, 27% Gender Male Female
  • 10.  Innovative Programmes/ Curriculum  Excellence built into the programme  Excellent facilities  English language proficien cy course (Francophone)  Student Bursaries  Stable & Friendly Environment in Ghana  Impact of our Graduates Attracting Regional Students 4 3 4 1 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 WACCI Cohort 9 PhD Students
  • 11. • Two boreholes, drip irrigation system, water storage system, seed store, generator • 2.5 acres irrigable area fenced and gated (Expansion to 5 acres) • 1,750 hybrids have been evaluated Multi-locational trials of 10 hybrid varieties (9 - 11 t/ha) ongoing WACCI Model Farm 11
  • 12. Partner Engagement WACCI, UG AGRA Gates & Rockefeller Foundations Local & Regional Institutions (Universities, NARI’s, Private Sector, NGOs) KNUST, CSIR, BNARI, ARCN, IER, BecA-ILRI, INERA, INRAN Premium Foods, M&B Seeds, Seed Co. Cornell Univ. Purdue Univ. Univ of Illinois Iowa State Univ. ICRISAT, IITA GCP, JICA, USAID, DAAD,WAAPP, SFSA, WAAPP, WORLD BANK,
  • 13. Establishment of the Consortium for Agricultural Education and Innovation Frontrunners in West Africa Activity Responsible ACE/Persons Deadlines Development of the framework WACCI September 30, 2015 Review and inputs from other ACEs ACEs representatives October 15, 2015 Discussion of the CAEIFWA documents and plans during the next ACE meeting, Cotonou, Benin ACEs November 2015 Formation of the Steering Committee ACE Directors November 2015
  • 14. Action Plan To Strengthen Partnerships • Co - supervision of students • Training workshops • Faculty and Staff Exchange • Seminars • Breeding Programmes and Joint Research Proposals • Genotyping and Data Analysis • Stakeholder Meetings • A seat on the WACCI Advisory Board (CORAF- WECARD)
  • 15. Donors/Sponsors AGRA ICRISAT Drylands Cereals GCP DAAD Cornell University USAID Purdue University EU Intra-ACP Mobility Project Kirkhouse Trust Global Change Institute/University of Queensland VW Foundation AGRA SSTP WAAPP Premium Foods Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
  • 16. Revenue Generated (Jan 1, 2014 – Nov 18, 2015) SPONSOR/DONOR STUDENT(S)/PROJECT AMOUNT (USD) AGRA 1. ABDOU SOULEYMANE 2. SANATU ALIDU MUSTAPHA 3. DIENI ZAKARIA 4. DIALLO CHIAKA 5. AKAOGU IJEOMA CHINYERE 2,440,188 WAAPP Sierra Leone 1. KARIM KUMBA YANNAH 2. ISATA KAMANDA 123,642 WAAPP Senegal 1. KANFANY GHISLAIN 2. BATHE DIOP 3. AISSATOU SAMBOU 4. MOUSSA DIANGAR 131,699 CORNELL NEXTGEN CASSAVA 1. OLUMIDE ALABI ALABA 2. LYDIA EZENWAKA 3. KAYONDO ISMAIL 164,397 Scholarships
  • 17. SPONSOR/DONOR STUDENT(S)/PROJECT AMOUNT (USD) USAID 1. ABU MUSTAPHA DADZIE 2. EBENEZER OBENG-BIO 3. MICHAEL TEYE-BANNOR 64,689 SYNGENTA FOUNDATION (SFSA) 1. LEANDER DEDE MELORME 29,155 PURDUE SMIL 1. ELISABETH DIATTA 2. SEYNI DIAKITE OUSMANE 68,906 WAAPP TOGO 1. DEWA KASA MESSAN 2. BANLA ESSOUHOUN 3. TCHALA GILBERT NOUDIFOULE 96,432 INTRA-ACP 1. GODFREY SSEREMBA 2. TONY NGALAMU 106,740 WAAPP NIGERIA 1. MARYAM ABBA DAWUD 2. MOHAMMED SABA BABA 23,078 Scholarships
  • 18. SPONSOR/DONOR STUDENT(S)/PROJECT AMOUNT (USD) ICRISAT DC DRYLANDS CEREALS SCHOLARSHIP 49,993 DAAD PART-SCHORLARSHIP FOR 7 PHD STUDENTS 98,303 GCI/UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND DEMAND-LED PLANT VARIETY DESIGN 105,000 PURDUE UNIVERSITY FUNCTIONAL SORGHUM GENE DISCOVERY PROJECT 41,078 KIRKHOUSE TRUST PHD SCHOLARSHIP FOR SOBDA GONNE 48,543 AGRA SSTP FIELD TRIAL AND EVALUATION OF MAIZE HYBRIDS 37,834 SELF-PART SCHOLARSHIP FOR PHD STUDIES 9,043 Student Projects
  • 19. • Total Revenue Generated from January 1, 2014 to November 18, 2015 is: US$3,638,715 Total Revenue Generated
  • 20. Status of Expenditure (Committed) • Seed Laboratory Equipment - US$233,861.76 • Farm Irrigation Facilities - US$49,500 • Network Equipment & Accessories - US$15,100 • Computers & Accessories - US$15,600 • Vehicles (4 X 4 & Bus) - US$217,000 • General Office Consumables - US$24,500 • Tuition scholarships (MPhil & PhD Students) - US$86,737 • Accounting software (purchased) - US$750
  • 21. Challenges and Coping Strategies • Funding for qualified students  Continous resource mobilization efforts • Qualified female students willing and able to enroll  Create innovative recruitment strategies to attract female students • Unavailability of qualified plant breeders in some countries  WACCI products (graduates) • Limited space at WACCI  Expansion of existing lecture room  Construction of new facility to host  Seed Science and Technology Laboratory  Bioinformatics Laboratory  Tissue Culture Laboratory  Cold room  Lecture rooms  Conference rooms  Offices

Editor's Notes

  1. Distinguished members of the Board of Directors of AGRA, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am speaking on the topic….
  2. First phase of 5 Agra funded 40 students Second phase we filled gaps in admission to have at least one breeder per priority crop per country (13 admitted on AGRA grant; Today, we have expanded the countries we are working in and admitted 29 additional students
  3. First phase of 5 Agra funded 40 students Second phase we filled gaps in admission to have at least one breeder per priority crop per country (13 admitted on AGRA grant; Today, we have expanded the countries we are working in and admitted 29 additional students
  4. For admission, early call for application - February for January the following year admission. Application deadline is end of July. Selection of students done by Selection Committee in August. Shortlisted candidates submitted to the Graduate School by end of September after cross checking all admission requirements and students’ ability to meet conditions of the award. Francophone students enroll for eight-week English Language proficiency course in October. All students enroll in January for PhD programme. Lesson No 5: To attract regional students, we need quality programmes and life changing experience of the students. They will become your ambassadors
  5. First phase of 5 Agra funded 40 students Second phase we filled gaps in admission to have at least one breeder per priority crop per country (13 admitted on AGRA grant; Today, we have expanded the countries we are working in and admitted 29 additional students
  6. 3 million farmers expected to adopt our variety when released
  7. MONSANTO PIONEER
  8. NARIs in West and Central Africa