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Welcome to MaRCCI

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.

AGRA has provided the primary support for the MSc programme.

MaRCCI is a unit in Makerere’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.


Contribute to a secure and sustainable food supply and agricultural income for Africa by enabling the development of improved varieties of food crops.


To provide educationally innovative PhD and MSc programs that produce “fit-for-purpose” graduates with “market-relevant” skills that will drive economic transformation on the African Continent.

Our Strategy

Makerere Regional Center for Crop Improvement (MaRCCI) aims to provide graduate training in plant breeding that aims to equip African scientists with sound theoretical and practical knowledge, ably employing the most current breeding approaches to effectively develop and release improved crop varieties that meet stakeholders needs across the region. This focus is enhanced by research and outreach initiatives.

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Train additional graduate students

Improve program management and curriculum, especially for PhD program

Improve overall breadth and quality of training

Provide additional facilities and equipment

Build wider cooperation, including PPP activities

Strengthen national and regional crop improvement efforts

Strengthen molecular-genetic technology and bioinformatics capabilities

Develop value-added products from cowpea and other crops, in cooperation with MUK’s departments of food science and engineering

Improve program management and curriculum, especially for PhD program

Expand non-degree training through workshops & short courses

Provide services to citizens and enterprises (seed quality testing, disease diagnostics, biotech services)

Initiate income-generating activities relevant to the centre’s mission

International Research Partners