To contribute to capacity building in plant breeding in Africa by delivering a suite of high-quality, open-source, post-graduate-level course materials which comprise a comprehensive Master’s e-curriculum in plant breeding and genetics.


Building on Iowa State University’s expertise with online plant breeding education, PBEA e-modules can be used in curricula to train African students in management of crop breeding programs for public, local, and international organizations. Collaborating with faculty at Makerere University in Uganda, University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, our team creates e-modules that hone essential capabilities with real-world challenges of cultivar development in Africa using Applied Learning Activities. Our collaboration embraces shared goals, sharing knowledge and building consensus. The pedagogical emphasis on application produces a coursework-intensive MSc program for Africa.

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To learn more about PBEA watch this video – leveraging e-learning for training the next generation of plant breeders in Africa.