Setting up such a centre, with appropriate programmes and training, required intimate knowledge of local needs and conditions. It required money, energy, insight, creativity and a lot of commitment—a tall order in a resource-poor region of the world. However, dedicated people with the knowledge and passion to drive the project were found, and slowly, over several years, the ACCI matured and produced results that would once have been seen as wildly ambitious.
The brain drain of plant breeders reduced significantly and a growing task force of new graduates was produced to go out and do battle with the effects of climate change, drought, pests, and diseases. The centre was so successful that a sister organisation, the West African Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), was opened in Ghana in 2007 by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which took over the funding of these programmes in 2006 through support provided by RF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.