His mission, supported by IAEA, involved providing technical assistance to UCAD in the application of mutation breeding and biotechnologies in cowpea, with a focus on speeding up mutation breeding. He evaluated cowpea breeding experiments at various sites in Senegal.
In June he visited Mannheim Research Station in Tsumeb, Namibia which is run by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF)
. His task there was to help with the development of breeding projects for long-term cowpea, sorghum, pearl millet and maize improvement in Namibia, using mutation and conventional breeding approaches.
Specialised training was provided to the research group at the station.
The Namibian breeding team recently released seven cowpea and four sorghum varieties, with breeding coordinated by ACCI graduate, Dr Lydia Horn, who is now a staff member at the University of Namibia
The programme is supported by MAWF in collaboration with the IAEA.
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