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Demand-led breeding phase 2 Planning meeting, Nairobi, Kenya 26-27 October 2018

You can download all the presentations and the agenda of this meeting below


  • Day 1 Presentations

DLB for Ethiopia: Justification, regulatory frameworks and the way forward - Firew Mekbib (Ph.D.) Chair. NVRC Ethiopia
Accelerating bean seed access of improved bean varieties - Jean Claude Rubyogo
DLB phase 1 statistics and introduction to phase 2 kick-off meeting - Nasser Yao
DLB phase 2 programme content and activities - Viv Anthony
Session 2: DLB outreach to Alumni - Identifying promising new varieties for partnerships and investment. Leaders: Shimelis Hussein and Tongoona Pangirayi
Alumni engagement (Group 1)
Alumni engagement (Group 2)
Session 3: Private sector variety development/distribution requirements –recognizing varieties with market value. Leaders: George Osure and Ian Barker
Identifying promising varieties (Group 1)
Identifying promising varieties (Group 2)
Identifying promising varieties (Group 3)
Identifying promising varieties (Group 4)
Session 4: Making variety performance claims and setting standards – combining best practices from public and private sectors. Leader: Jean-Claude Rubyogo
Variety performance claims (Group 1)
Variety performance claims (Group 2)
Variety performance claims (Group 3)
Variety performance claims (Group 4)


  • Day 2 Presentations

DLB capacity building in PABRA - Clare Mukankusi
WorldVeg Vegetable Improvement - Fekadu Dinssa 
DLB in Ethiopia, in National, Regional and International fora - Firew Mekbi, Behanu, Shimelis Hussein
CG Breeding Strategy - Gabrielle Persley
Integrated breeding platform - Jean-Marcel Ribaut
Legumes for Life - Paul Kimani
Excellence in a breeding platform - Tawanda Mashonganyika
Session 5: Continuing professional skills development – Plans for training and creating a DLB advanced training module on variety performance, product profiling, and communication.  Leaders: Paul Kimani and Viv Anthony
New DLB training module (Group 1)
New DLB training module (Group 2)
New DLB training module (Group 3)
New DLB training module (Group 4)
Session 6: DLB phase 2 implementation, coordination and partnering between the public and private sectors. Leaders: Nasser Yao and Ian Barker
Introduction to connecting DLB alumni to the private sector - Nasser Yao 

Demand led breeding

Mauritius Phase 2 partner consultation meeting

The core objectives of this Mauritius meeting was to share ideas and make decisions on the content of Phase 2 programme, but also consult and include additional partners to strengthen and broaden the reach of Demand-Leb Breeding. More information and document are available here. 

2015 - Ghana Demand-Leb Breeding workshop

The first value chain "Tomato" workshop took place in June 2015 in Ghana. All documents can be downloaded here. 

Here are the program, a draft report and some background information.

Our front-row photo shows (from l.) Professors Pangirayi Tongoona and Eric Danquah (Deputy Director and Director of WACCI, the hosts) with the Syngenta Foundation's Dr. Vivienne Anthony

Introduction, Vivienne Anthony, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
Overview of Tomato Industry in Ghana, Esther Agyekum, Ministry of Food & Agriculture
National Tomato Breeding Programme, Offei Bonsu, Crops Research Institute
Needs of the Tomato Processing Industry, Caleb Blassey, Nurevas Food Ghana Limited
Needs of the Tomato Processing Industry (2), Kwabena Adu-Gyamfi, Agri Commercial Services
Needs of the Fresh Tomato Market, Chris Lartey, Tomato Traders Nssociation
Needs of the Tomato Seed Industry, Rowland Quaye, Wienco Ghana Ltd
R&D Fund and Opportunities, Hanson Arthur, GhanaVeg
Value chain preliminary study report, Irene S. Egyir, University of Ghana
Vegetable Innovation Lab, Agyemang Danquah, WACCI

2014 - Nairobi Workshops

In 2014, we helped stage two Nairobi workshops in the area of demand-led plant variety design. You will find presentations from the first one lower down this page. The second, in November, was designed to help educators develop new training materials for Africa's future breeders. Our Foundation was closely involved as part of the new Alliance for Agricultural R&D for Food Security. All documents can be found below.

Introduction, Vivienne Anthony (Syngenta Foundation, SFSA)
Represented institutions' educational programmes, information from international curricula
Agyemang Danquah – WACCI, Ghana
Hussein Shimelis – ACCI, South Africa
Paul Kimani – Nairobi University, Kenya
Thomas Odong – Makerere University/Ruforum, Uganda
Appolinaire Djikeng – BecA, Kenya
Ivan Rwomushana - ASARECA  
Jean Claude Rubyogo – CIAT/PABRA, Kenya
Core competencies in demand-led variety design – Vivienne Anthony
Case study Sugarbean SUG131 - Rowland Chirwa


A first consultative workshop took place in May. The participants came from the public and private sectors, and from national, regional, Pan-African and international R&D agencies that support breeding for new plant varieties in Africa.
Workshop Summary Report    Participant List
Programme extract - links to presentations:
Opening remarks by Yemi Akinbamijo, Forum of Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
Concepts of demand-led plant variety design, Vivienne Anthony 
Demand-led plant variety design, Eric Huttner (ACIAR)
Sharing experiences with...
Abdou Tenkouano (AVRDC) Tomato varieties
Ian Barker (SFSA) Bridging the seeds divide
Joseph JoJo Baidu-Forson (BI) Bioversity and partners' R&D experience
Kebebwe Assafa (EIAR) Quncho Tef
Lena Tripathi (IITA) Bacterial wilt-resistant banana varieties
Morag Ferguson (IITA) Cassava plant variety by demand
Robert Mwanga (CIP) Sweet potato variety and population improvement
Paul Kimani (University of Nairobi) Kenyan bean varieties
Private sector approaches to variety design, Vivienne Anthony
Current approaches, gaps and needs in relation to education and training:  
Hussein Shimelis (ACCI) Contribution to plant breeding education in Africa
Agyemang Danquah (WACCI) Current approaches, gaps and need for education and training in plant breeding 
Adipala Ekwamu (RUFORUM) Human capital development to support plant breeding
Appolinaire Djikeng (BecA-IRLI) Current approaches in plant breeding
Vivenne Anthony Private sector approaches to breeders' continuing professional development
Further contributions by:  
Emmanuel Tambi (FARA) Plant variety research and development: key policy issues
Abdourahamane Sangare (CORAF/WECARD) Implication of DL/PVD on policies and Institutions
Anne Gichangi (KARI) Factors influencing new variety adoption
Appolinaire Djikeng Building biosciences and innovation leadership in Africa
Ereck Chakauya (SANBio) Demand-led plant variety design
Eugene Agbicodo (AFRISEM) Demand-led plant variety design
Sunil Bhatt (East Africa Seed Company) Demand-led variety design