The UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy is a premium professional certificate program. To date, more than 80 scientists from 25 countries across the African continent have participated. This program is part of global professional training coordinated by UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy serving crop improvement professionals in the North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, making the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy the most recognized program of its kind. The program covers the fundamentals and the most recent developments in plant breeding theory and practice. UC Davis is often recognized as a top University in the world for teaching and research in agriculture.
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 crop 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 DNA-based markers in breeding programs. The instructors are internationally recognized experts in plant breeding, genetics, and seed technology. The program is delivered in three 2-week sessions at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Programme: Premium professional certificate program.
- Area: Plant Breeding.
- Number of awards: 35.
- Duration: 6 weeks.
- Target group: Open to africans.
UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy Benefits
- Selected candidates for the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy will have a six-week program, delivered in three 2-week classes with session one beginning in Nairobi, Kenya in May, 2020. The instructors are internationally recognized experts in plant breeding and seed technology.
- There is no fee for this course; Scholarships are available for select students to attend this prestigious program. These scholarships do not require an additional application.
- Classes are limited to 35 students. All students will be from Africa.
UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy Eligibility
Class V size is limited to 35 students. All participants must be based in Africa and must be actively managing a breeding program. Ideal applicants will:
- Hold a Ph.D. or Masters degree with significant plant breeding experience
- Have taken courses in statistics, genetics and breeding
- Be currently employed and managing a breeding program in any crop
- Have proficiency in English language
- Be available to attend all three sessions.
Interested candidates can click here or on the apply button bellow to fill the online application form and submit. Courses dates (students must attend all three sessions) are as follow:
- Session 1: May 10 – 23, 2020
- Session 2: November 29 – December 12, 2020
- Session 3: May 16 – 29, 2021.
The application deadline is November 30, 2019. For more detail on the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy, please visit the official page.