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WACCI Wins African Union Commission Grant of US$ 1 Million for Research on Food and Nutrition Security

The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) has led a consortium to win a US$1 million grant from the African Union (AU) to work with government and industry partners on Crop and Soil Health Improvement for sustainable Agricultural Intensification Towards Economic Transformation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The 3-year project aims to address issues related to the food and nutrition security objectives of the AU under its Competitive Research Grants Scheme supported by the European Union.

WACCI Alumnus Wins Best Research Scientist, CRI Award For 2017

An alumnus of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), Dr. Maxwell Darko Asante was named the Best Research Scientist for 2017 at a colourful ceremony at the Crops Research Institute (CRI), Fumesua, Ghana on December 20, 2017. The award presented by Dr. W.K. Agble, founding Director of the Institute was as a result of Dr. Asante’s impact on rice breeding at the Institute.

WACCI Student Wins The Ideas Matter Fellowship

Ms Isata Kamanda, a final year PhD in Plant Breeding student of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), has been selected as a West African Research Association scholar under the Ideas Matter Fellowship.

WACCI Director appointed as Academic Board Member of the Planet Earth Institution

Professor Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, Director of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) and the Biotechnology Centre of the University of Ghana has been appointed a member of the Planet Earth Institution (PEI). The appointment to this Board was signed by Sir Christopher Edwards, Chair of the Planet Earth Institution Academic Board and Trustee of PEI.

Japanese Ambassador Visits WACCI

The Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura, a former Minister of Agriculture of Japan has visited the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana. He was received by the Vice Chancellor and management of staff of WACCI.

WACCI Releases Three New Hybrid Maize Varieties

The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) of the University of Ghana, has received approval and recommendation from the National Variety Release and Registration Committee (NVRRC) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture for three new hybrid maize varieties developed by Centre to be released onto the market for cultivation and consumption.

The three new WACCI hybrid maize varieties are WACCI-M-1205, WACCI-M-1210 and WACCI-M-1218. These hybrids are the first ever hybrid maize seeds to be produced by a university in the history of Ghana.

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