The 2012 annual Breeders’ meeting was the 10th in a row since 2003 and 4th in a row after inception of SASHA in 2009. This year, the meeting was joined with a refresher course for breeders on plant breeding techniques with emphasis on biotechnology breeding tools, a need that was identified during the previous year’s annual breeders meeting. The course and the meeting objectives were:
a) enable breeders to refresh in breeding methods aware of the increasing demand for biotechnology based tools in plant breeding
b) continue to harmonize breeding approaches in SSA and
c) to review the progress of SASHA and affiliated NARS breeding programs funded by AGRA
d) allow cross learning between breeding programs in SSA and other areas like China, America, Europe and India.
Up to 41 participants (Annex 2) from different countries (Africa: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, and Burkina Faso; Asia: India, Indonesia, and China; Europe: Belgium; and America: USA, Peru) attended the meeting/course. Details of the course can be accessed in this document.