To be the foremost Centre for the training of Plant Breeders for West and Central Africa.
To equip plant breeders with knowledge and field experience to lead the conversion of genetic and molecular discoveries into innovative solutions that will benefit agriculture in West and Central Africa.
WACCI will strive for excellence in all its endeavours comprising the conduct and administration of our research and teaching programmes.
WACCI will demand the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct from all our members.
Commitment to People
Our people are our greatest asset. The WACCI community is composed of scientists, students, staff and administrators who are talented, loyal and committed to the continued success of the organisation. Building on the diversity of people and their scientific talents is key to achieving WACCI’s vision.
Culture of Mentoring
Nurturing the next generation of scientific leaders and workforce, as well as training in critical plant breeding are integral components of our scientific programmes of excellence.
The Centre owes it to both its donors and the small holder farmers, to ensure that each dollar invested in a plant breeder goes into producing scientists that would spark an African Green Revolution.
The Centre comprise scientists, administrators and technicians each of whom provides a perspective to be considered during the process of setting future directions and making decisions.
Dr. Maxwell Asante has developed a BC1F2 rice population following a cross between Digang (a local variety with tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses) and Jasmine 85 (an improved Asian quality rice variety) varieties and used a genotyping by sequencing platform to determine the efficiency of SNP markers for selecting for grain quality loci. His research has led to the identification of molecular markers that could be used effectively and efficiently to improve quality characteristics in rice. This will allow the incorporation of traits that farmers and consumers prefer into varieties with high yields and tolerance to biotic and abiotic constraints. Currently, Dr. Maxwell Asante..... read more
Today, WACCI has trained and graduated 35 students and has 98 students enrolled into the PhD programme. The WACCI students are in various stages of the PhD training programme. The WACCI graduates are in the process of releasing new improved varieties of maize, rice, millet, cassava and sweet potatoes for their various agro-ecologies, have published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals and have obtained grants for the support of crop improvement programmes across the sub-region.
"WACCI has gained visibility in the world and is today, the largest institution for PhD education in plant breeding in Africa by current enrollment."