Makerere Regional Center for Crop Improvement (MaRCCI), an African Regional Centre of Excellence for Crop Improvement, is supported by a grant from World Bank (2017-2022) and builds upon Makerere University’s highly respected PhD and MSc training in plant breeding that was initiated as a regional programme by RUFORUM in 2008.
Facilities assigned to MaRCCI include a classroom and office building, research fields, screenhouses, a biotech and microbiology lab, a bioinformatics capability, a cold store and seed handling facility, and a temperature-controlled growth room.
MaRCCI’s Research Program
This research programme is designed to support the training programme and to cooperate with national and regional breeding efforts. It currently supports two crops, cowpea and sorghum as model crops to demonstrate best practice in modern plant breeding to students in both the PhD and MSc training programmes of MaRCCI and scientists in the region.
From its inception in 2008, the Regional Graduate Programs in Plant Breeding (and MaRCCI arising from them) have focused on producing graduates with the technical and soft-skills to be able to effectively use modern tools to develop and organize dissemination of varieties that are higher yielding, climate resilient, tolerant to biotic and abiotic stresses.
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APBA African Plant Breeders’ Association
MaRCCI is a founding member of APBA, and is represented on the Executive Committee of the African Plant Breeders’ Association. APBA is the professional association for all plant breeders in Africa, and others interested in the development and promotion of the plant breeding profession throughout the continent.