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 ACCI students present at UKZN Postgraduate Research & Innovation Symposium

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) hosted their annual Postgraduate Research & Innovation Symposium (PRIS) at their Westville campus on the 25th Of October 2018.

Admire Shayanowako, Olaolorun Boluwatife, Kwame Shamuyarira and Marylyn Christian displayed their research posters at the event and attended various oral presentations which were presented by students from the School of Agricultural, Earth & Environmental Sciences (SAEES). A total of 163 students displayed their research posters and 60 students delivered oral presentations for fellow students, UKZN staff, researchers and guests at this popular event. Students also had the opportunity to meet corporate investors from across the globe who showed great interest in some of the ongoing research projects.

The event also included an exhibition where corporate companies and research institutions displayed their products and services. The day ended with a prize giving ceremony and a lucky draw, with one very lucky student going home with a brand new laptop.
From left: Admire Shayanowako, Olaolorun Boluwatife, Muhammad Ahmad Yahaya, Kwame Shamuyarira , Marylyn Christian, Dr Terence Tapera, Dr Cousin Musvosvi, Aleck Kondwakwenda
Spring Graduation 2018

UKZN hosted their Spring Graduation at their Westville campus on the 13th of September 2018. ACCI staff and students, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) affiliates, as well as the students' family and friends all attended the ceremony.

Three PhD students, Dr Prossy Namugga, Dr Precious Mangena and Dr Mary Asio, graduated. Prossy researched earliness and late blight in potato for her thesis, while Mary researched Striga and nitrogen deficiency in rice. Mary was unfortunately not able to attend the graduation ceremony. Precious developed a superior sweet stem sorghum hybrid over a short period of time, using a male gametocide so that the crop can be used in bio-fuel production and related activities.

Four MSc Plant Breeding students, Lucia Zinzi Ndala, McDonald Nundwe, Mwila Chibanda and Sibusiswangaye Mdluli also graduated.

From left: Caroline Adala-Oremo and Dr Rufaro Madakadze (both from AGRA), Lucia Zinzi Ndala, McDonald Nundwe, Mwila Chibanda (all plant breeding masters graduates), Dr Julia Sibiya (head of the master's programme) and ACCI graduate Dr Prossy Namugga
Dr Prossy Namugga, one of our PhD students from Uganda, researched earliness and late blight in potato for her thesis. Prossy works for NARO in her home country.
Funding will bring Striga-Resistant Sorghum to Farmers


The battle against Striga in Tanzania and South Africa took a step forward with the arrival of funding to register and commercialise new varieties of Striga-resistant sorghum, developed by our recent graduate, Dr Emmanuel Mrema.
ACCI Prof in Demand as Regional Expert



ACCI deputy-director Prof Hussein Shimelis has been busy in the SADC region as an expert, visiting Namibia and Mauritius to advise on regional plant breeding and project collaborations.

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