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With the ever-growing population size, food and nutrition insecurity has become one of the biggest challenges in sub-Saharan Africa while the continent is endowed with a rich agricultural diversity that can be valued to overcome hunger and poverty. Unfortunately, the region is critically short in plant breeders capable to develop cultivars and stimulate seed systems that meet communities’ needs in the face of climate change. MoBreed (Mobility for Breeders in Africa), a consortium of five African universities together with one European technical partner, intends to:

  1. produce 10 high profile plant breeders (PhD holders) that will address current and future challenges related to climate change and agriculture with focus on at least 10 promising underutilized plant species of Africa

  2. train a new generation of 38 scientists (MSc holders) with strong capacity to increase knowledge and prospects on the selected orphan crops used in Africa for food and nutrition security and the crop production and seed industry,

  3. harmonize seven MSc and six PhD training programmes and research agenda on the use of neglected and underutilized crops to increase resilience of food production systems,

  4. enhance collaboration and programmatic agenda among five African higher education institutions that promote neglected and underutilized research and training for agricultural innovations within Africa...


Tchokponhoué, DA, EG. Achigan-Dako, S. N’Danikou, AC. Houdégbé, COA Agossou, F Assogba-Komlan, RS Vodouhè. 2017. Regeneration ability and seedling growth in the miracle plant Synsepalum dulcificum (Schumach. & Thonn.) Daniell. Fruits.

Suza, W.P., Gibson, P., Edema, R., Akromah, R., Sibiya, J., Madakadze, R. and Lamkey, K.R., 2016. Plant breeding capacity building in Africa. Nature Climate Change, 6(11), pp.976-976.

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News & Events

Mobreed Consortium members attending the Intra-Africa mobility program’s kick-off meeting in Brussels

Upcoming launching of MoBreed in Abomey-Calavi (Benin)


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