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African Plant Breeders Association conference

October 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am - October 25, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

African Plant Breeders Association conference

The APBA will be launched at a maiden conference on October 23-25, 2019, in Accra, Ghana with the theme “Advances in classical breeding and application of modern breeding tools for food and nutrition security in Africa.”

Plant breeding offers a huge opportunity for providing sustainable options to increasing domestic supply of food and dietary diversity in Africa.
However, Africa still lags behind other continents in terms of knowledge and access to modern breeding techniques. There is also a general lack of awareness on the importance of plant breeders with regard to their capacity to drive innovations and technology adoption in the agricultural sector in Africa. As a consequence, up to date, there is no platform for plant breeders and seed scientists to discuss their findings and define a roadmap for their fields on a regular basis. This gap may limit advocacy on the importance of plant breeding and seed systems in addressing important challenges along the agricultural value chains.

The conference is to reflect on the current state and future prospects of plant breeding research in Africa. Specifically, the conference will:

  • promote scientific plant breeding & related research through discussion & communication;
  • offer opportunities to researchers and practitioners to present their findings and network with their peers;
  • promote interaction with the view to advance the science and business of plant breeding,
  • influence plant breeding training and education and contribute to continuing professional development of members so that they are technically up-to-date and remain relevant for their current and future employers both local and in the global village;
  • reflect on emerging issues in food and nutrition security, promote high standards of professional ethics among its members;
  • raise awareness on the importance of plant breeding and seed systems.

More info via APBA web site | Read download the programme [.pdf | 10,5 MB]


October 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am
October 25, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


African Plant Breeders Association


University of Ghana
Department of Economics Legon
Accra, Ghana
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