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October 30th, 2018 / Modern Ghana

University of Ghana Professor, Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, has won the 2018 World Agriculture Prize in China.

Prof. Danquah who is founding Director of the West Africa Center for Crop Improvement (WACCI) was awarded the prize for his significant contribution to the mission of the University of Ghana through education, research and knowledge transfer for the benefit of society.

The award is in recognition of his success in founding and leading the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) at the University of Ghana through its first decade of accomplishment.

He is the first African to win the prize which was established in 2013 by the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA), and the Nanjing Agricultural University in China. GCHERA represents more than 600 universities worldwide and some 2 million students through 15 regional or national associations.

“Prof. Danquah is to be commended for his passion and commitment in training the next generation of plant breeders to be agents of positive change in addressing the issues of hunger and malnutrition that affect millions of people in Africa,” a statement GCHERA said. Read more