Principal's Board Room
Plant breeders from Africa pausing for a group photo after their meeting. The meeting was chaired by the College Principal, Prof. Kiama Gitahi.
Plant breeders from Africa have met to establish the best ways of solving the problem of food and nutritional security in Africa by breeding better seed varieties.
In collaboration with African Plant Breeding Academy, the meeting brought together 120 competent plant breeders from more than 20 countries across Africa with the aim of developing and strengthening their research capacity through use of new technology for new efficiencies and with results borrowed from global best practices.
The training, which is to be conducted at African Plant Breeding Academy in partnership with the University of Nairobi, targets plant breeding scientists who are competent in research and influential in developing collaborations for research funding. The courses will last for six weeks and will be fully sponsored and facilitated by organizations such as Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).
Moreover, the courses develop the skills and abilities of current industry personnel to enable them become independent breeders or more contributors to larger breeding programs.
Chaired by the College Principal, Prof. Kiama, the meeting was also meant to deepen research partnerships and collaborations with other Universities and research centers in Africa and the world. The Principal emphasized on the commitment of the University to live to live by its identity as a pillar of research and academic excellence.
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