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UC-Davis African Plant Breeding Academy Begins its Second Class

Contributing to fill a critical need for trained plant breeders in Africa, the University of California, Davis, African Plant Breeding Academy started its second class of students with a session in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Nov. 29 – Dec. 12, 2015.
The program is organized in collaboration with the African Union New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency and the African Orphan Crops Consortium.   Over the next 13 months, this class will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to complete this premium professional certification program.
The second class of the UC-Davis African Plant Breeding Academy consists of 29 breeders representing 16 African nations: Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.