DLB Meetings & Workshops

Meetings and Workshops

Haramaya University: Training on Demand –Led Plant Breeding for Ethiopia, February 21-22, 2020

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) in collaboration with the Vice-president for Research Affairs Office conducted a two-day training on Demand/Market-Led Plant Breeding for Plant Breeders, Physiologist, Nutritionists, Protectionists, Socio-economists, and Extensions from February 21-22, 2020 at Resource Center. Learn more 

The course was divided into nine modules:

1. DLB for Ethiopia: Why?

2. Principles of DLB

3. Visioning and foresight for setting breeding goals

4. Client needs and value chains

5. Variety design and set standards

6. Variety development strategy and planning

7. Breeding investment decision-making

8. Monitoring, evaluation, and learning

9. Institutionalization of DLB

BecA-ILRI - Demand-Led Breeding meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 29 - 30 2019

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


Day 1 – Monday 29 April 2019

Session 1 – Welcome introduction and scene-setting for DLB core team  meeting

Demand-Led Breeding Introduction - Viv Anthony 

Session 2 – Recap on Phase 2 Objectives, Outputs and Timelines (Leaders: Gabrielle Persley and Nasser Yao)

Highlight DLB phase 2: Proposal update and an implementation road map - Nasser Yao 

Policy Perspectives- The role of government in agricultural transformation - Gabrielle Persley

Session 3 – Recap on DLB phase 2 activities per objectives - Update and way forward  (Leaders: Paul Kimani and Shimelis Hussein)

DLB activities at the University of Nairobi - Paul Kimani 

Updates from CIAT-PABRA - Clare Mukukansi and Jean-Claude Rubyogo

Updates from University of KwaZulu-Natal African Center for Crop Improvement (ACCI) - Shimelis Hussein

Session 4 – Feedback from the questionnaire survey and strategic partnership and way forward (Leaders:  Nasser Yao and Walter Allhassan )

Update from the questionnaire survey on variety promotion: Lessons learned and way forward - Nasser Yao

Other documents

Recap of day 1 - Paul Kimani

Day 2 - Tuesday 30 April 2019

Session 5 – Major upcoming events with expected active participation from DLB (Leaders: Jean-Claude Rubyogo)

Session 6 – Feedback and opportunity for public-private partnership emerging from the survey questionnaire (Leaders: Paul Kimani and Viv Anthony)

Session 7 – Questionnaire analysis and publication

CABI Book update - Viv Anthony

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

Session 1: Introduction and scene-setting for DLB phase 2 kick-off meeting.
Leaders: Jacob Mignouna (Director BecA/ILRI, Kenya) and Gabrielle Persley (University of Queensland, Australia)

DLB phase 2 programme content and activities - Viv Anthony, Syngenta Foundation, Switzerland

Session 2: DLB outreach to Alumni - Identifying promising new varieties for partnerships and investment.
Leaders: Shimelis Hussein (ACCI, South Africa) and Tongoona Pangirayi (WACCI, Ghana)

DLB phase 1 statistics and introduction to phase 2 kick-off meeting - Nasser Yao
Alumni engagement (Group 1)
Alumni engagement (Group 2)

Session 3: Private sector variety development/distribution requirements –recognizing varieties with market value.
Leaders: George Osure (Syngenta Foundation, Kenya) and Ian Barker (Syngenta Foundation, Switzerland)

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 (CIAT, Tanzania)

Accelerating bean seed access of improved bean varieties - Jean Claude Rubyogo, CIAT, Tanzania/PABRA
DLB for Ethiopia: Justification, regulatory frameworks and the way forward - Firew Mekbib (Ph.D.) Chair. NVRC Ethiopia, Haramaya University, Ethiopia

Day 2 Presentations
Variety performance claims (Group 1)
Variety performance claims (Group 2)
Variety performance claims (Group 3)
Variety performance claims (Group 4)


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 (University of Nairobi) and Viv Anthony (Syngenta Foundation) 

Legumes for Life - Paul Kimani, University Nairobi, Kenya 
DLB capacity building in PABRA - Clare Mukankusi, CIAT, Uganda 
DLB in Ethiopia, in National, Regional and International fora - Firew Mekbi, Haramaya University, Ethiopia 
CG Breeding Strategy - Gabrielle Persley, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 
Excellence in a breeding platform - Tawanda Mashonganyika, EiB/ ICRAF, Nairobi, Kenya 
Integrated Breeding Platform - Jean-Marcel Ribaut, IBP/CIMMYT Mexico 
World Vegetables Africa Programme - Fekadu Dinssa, World Vegetables Centre, Arusha, Tanzania 
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, BecA/ILRI hub, Nairobi, Kenya

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