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Africa Union Project

Project Summary

The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), a World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence has developed extensive partnerships with Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and research institutions across the sub-Saharan Africa to help address important issues concerning crop and soil health improvement for agricultural intensification towards economic transformation in Ghana, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. This project aims to address issues related to the food security objectives of the African Union research initiatives through sustainable crop production intensification and the delivery of research outputs for direct yield improvements on-farm. The challenge to be surmounted through this initiative is to empower and support African farmers to increase farm yields of key food security crops. Farmers will be trained through some participatory approaches such as farmer field schools, value chain workshops and exposed to the use of superior germplasm/improved seeds that are adaptable to the changing climates, tolerant to abiotic stresses with resistance to prevailing pests and diseases. The need to empower resource poor farmers across the continent also requires the development of resources necessary for breeding efficiency through effective genetic resource management, pre-breeding, and mapping and introgression of genes of agronomic importance into farmer preferred varieties as well as other supporting activities proposed under this project. Tracer studies on prevailing farm yields will be carried out and yields compared with baseline data collected on same farms owned by the same farmers before the farmer field schools and value chains workshops.


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News Items On AU-Project

June 25, 2018 to June 26, 2018.                                      February 6, 2019

Africa Union Project Inception Meeting.                           Stakeholders Urge FG To Support Tomato

                                                                                          value Chain In South-West Nigeria


February 12 - 14, 2019                                                     February 26, 2019

AU-EU Visit to WACCI Report.                                         Atwima Nwabiagya rice farmers appeal for support


March 04, 2019                                                                              March 07, 2019

UG To Name Enterprise Hub After                                               WACCI Organises Workshop Set to Increase

Kofi Annan                                                                                   Cowpea Production in Ghana


March 14, 2019

"Investments in research crutial to meeting SDG2

zero Hunger" - Prof. Eric Danquah


March 21, 2019                                                                 March 22, 2019   

WACCI Workshop: Participants Describe                                WACCI To Collaborate With All Actors In Maize Value Chain

Workshopn On The Value Chain Of Maize as Helpful


March 22, 2019                                                                  March 22, 2019

Maize Production Crucial To Growth Of                                        Maize Farmers Asked To Ensure Quality

Poultry Industry - Oppong Adjei                                                    Control In Value Chain


December 6, 2019

CSIR-Scientists introduce three improved rice varieties

to farmers