The Plant Breeding E-Learning in Africa (PBEA) e-modules were originally developed as part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Contract No. 24576.
Building on Iowa State University’s expertise with online plant breeding education, the PBEA e-modules were developed for use in curricula to train African students in the 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 created several e-modules that hone essential capabilities with real-world challenges of cultivar development in Africa using Applied Learning Activities. The pedagogical emphasis on application produced a coursework-intensive MSc program for Africa.
PBEA Project Director: Walter Suza
Original Module Coordinator: Shui-Zhang Fei
Collaborating Faculty and Experts in Africa: Richard Akromah, Stephen Amoah, Maxwell Asante, Ben Banful, John Derera, Richard Edema, Paul Gibson, Sadik Kassim, Rufaro Madakadze, Settumba Mukasa, Margaret Nabasirye, Daniel Nyadanu, Thomas Odong, Patrick Ongom, Joseph Sarkodie-Addo, Paul Shanahan, Husein Shimelis, Julia Sibiya, Pangirayi Tongoona, Phinehas Tukamuhabwa.
The authors of this textbook series adapted and built upon the PBEA modules to develop a series of textbooks covering individual topic areas. It is our hope that this project will facilitate wider dissemination and reuse of the PBEA modules’ content.