African Plant Breeding Academy – Call for applicants

In collaboration with The African Union, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency and the African Orphan Crops Consortium (http://www.mars.com/global/african‐orphan‐crops.aspx), the University of California, Davis is launching the African Plant Breeding Academy. The Plant Breeding Academy is a premium professional certificate program currently offered in the USA, Europe and Asia. Eight classes offered worldwide since 2006 were attended by 133 breeders from 43 countries, making the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) the most recognized program of its kind. The program covers the  fundamentals and the most recent developments in plant breeding theory and practice. In 2013, UC Davis has been recognized as the top University for teaching and research in
agriculture in the world (ucdavis.edu).

The goal of the African Plant Breeding Academy is to train practicing African plant breeders in the most advanced theory and technologies for plant breeding in support of critical decisions for improvement. This includes the latest concepts in plant breeding, quantitative genetics, statistics and experimental design. It also includes accurate and precise trait evaluations, development of appropriate strategies to integrate genomics into breeding programs and experience in identifying and utilizing genomic data and DNA‐based markers in breeding programs.

This six‐week program will be delivered in three 2‐ week classes with session one beginning in Nairobi, Kenya on June, 2015. The instructors are internationally recognized experts in plant breeding and seed technology. Scholarships are available for select students to attend this prestigious program.

Participant criteria and selection
Classes are limited to 25‐30 students. All students will be from Africa. Ideal students will:
1) Have a Ph.D. or Masters degree with significant plant breeding experience
2) Have taken courses in statistics, genetics and breeding
3) Be currently managing a breeding program in any crop
4) Have proficiency in English language
5) Be available to attend all 3 sessions

For more information on course curriculum, dates, the application process (see PBA site) and
scholarships, please visit http://pba.ucdavis.edu/ or www.nepad.org.

Closing date for application is January 30, 2015.

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