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Workshops 2014


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. Here is the media release, and here are some of the presentations:   
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