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Welcome to MoBreed

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 changes. 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.

MoBreed will increase opportunities in the agribusiness sector and provide opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of African agriculture.

MoBreed is a collaborative program between five universities from Africa and one university in Europe. Partners include the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin and Ebonyi State University in Nigeria (West Africa), the Jimma University of Ethiopia (Eastern Africa), the University of Namibia and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa (Southern Africa) and the Montpellier SupAgro in France.

MoBreed is built on the following values:

  1. the emphasis on ten priority underutilized species for which sequence data will be generated (when unavailable) under the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) initiative or in partnership with BecA-ILRI [e.g, cereals: fonio (Digitaria exilis), legumes: kersting’s groundnut (Macrotyloma geocarpum), fruits: African custard apple (Anonna senegalensis), miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum), vegetables: amaranths (Amaranthus spp), spiderplant (Gynandropsis gynandra)]; for more information see Species list.

  2. the involvement of higher education institutions engaged into transnational mobility scheme that allow exchange of knowledge and information on the resources;
  3. the involvement of top ranking universities of western, eastern, and southern Africa, that will harmonize their training programmes and generate new data on biological systems useful for African plant breeding programmes; those universities are expected to implement the harmonized curricula beyond the project lifespan;
  4. the internationalization of existing plant breeding programmes of public HEIs, thereby limiting donor’s fatigue, and strengthening on-going well-established training programmes;
  5. the involvement of international high ranking institutions which have a wealth of experience on tropical plants and will accelerate together with consortium members the generation of new knowledge on African plants;
  6. the integrative approach whereby cluster of three MSc students and one PhD student will work concomitantly on developing cultivars of indigenous species while working in different countries using the mobility scheme as an asset.
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