African Plant Breeders Association (APBA)
Accra, Ghana in October 2019.
The African Plant Breeders Association (APBA) is an initiative of full-fledged scientists in Africa from higher education institutions (HEIs), research organizations and private companies who felt the need to change the narrative of crop improvement and the seed sector in Africa. It is a forum dedicated to building capacities, problem solving, resources mobilization, and long-term strategic development of the agricultural sector in Africa through effective plant breeding programs and provision of tangible solutions to governments, seed companies, non-governmental organisations, and individual growers.
The APBA will be launched at a Maiden Conference in October 23- 25, 2019 in Accra, Ghana with the theme “Advances in Classical Breeding and Application of Modern Breeding Tools for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa”. The conference will bring together professionals, researchers and students from both public and private sectors in the fields of plant breeding and seed science to discuss current research outputs and outcomes in plant breeding and seed systems. Future prospects in these fields will equally be addressed. The conference will provide participants with an opportunity to network with persons that share the same passion and possibly develop collaborations which are key to mobilising resources. It is a contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals especially the Goal 2, Zero hunger (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by the set date, 2030).
Intended participants include stakeholders in various national plant genetic resources centres/institutions (including gene banks) in Africa, national agricultural research systems (NARS), African HEIs, commodity and plant genetic resources networks, international agricultural research institutions (CGIARs), international development partners, non-governmental organizations and community representatives.