In 2011, The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) committed to lead a consortium of companies, scientific and government bodies, and civil organizations to sequence, assemble, annotate, and make over two dozen genomes of 100 traditional African food crops and tree species neglected by science publicly available. The African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) was launched as an international effort to improve the nutrition, productivity and climate adaptability of some of the Africa’s important food crops, helping to decrease the malnutrition and stunting rife among the continent’s rural children.
In addition, the AOCC established the African Plant Breeding Academy in Ghana. The academy will train 250 African scientists and 500 African technicians in plant breeding techniques to improve these newly sequenced crops. The resulting genetic information will be placed into a public domain over a web site accessible to anyone who registers. The website will be managed by the intellectual property organization PIPRA.
|Location||Ghana, West Africa|
|Value||USD 750 Thousand|