Prof. Danquah will serve on the External Advisory Committee (EAC) of ILCI. The responsibility of the EAC is to provide oversight for the program much in the same way as the board of directors oversees corporate executives.
The Committee will provide vision, managerial guidance, insight and evaluation responsibilities for the program. It will also act as scientific advisors to help identify additional partnership and funding opportunities for the programme.
The other members of the EAC are: Prof. Mark Cooper – Chair of Prediction Based Crop Improvement, University of Queensland, Australia, Dr Joe Cornelius – Director of Global Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA, Dr Rebbie Harawa – Head of Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Systems Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Kenya, Dr David Meyer – Bioinformatics Leader, Corteva Agriscience, USA, and Dr Usha Barwale Zehr – Director and Chief Technology Officer, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Private Limited (Mahyco), India.
The five-year initiative will work to advance plant breeding tools, technologies and methods aimed at delivering staple crops that can increase yields, enhance nutrition and ensure greater resistance to pests and diseases.
The USAID administrator, Mark Green, announced the establishment of ILCI as part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative in October 2019 at the World Food Prize program in Des Moines, Iowa. Feed the Future Innovation Labs are led by U.S. Universities in collaboration with partner country research institutions.
ILCI will be officially launched next week in San Diego, USA at a side event at the Plant and Animal Genomes (PAG) Conference, at which Prof. Danquah will be present.
Prof. Danquah in a comment on his appointment expressed delight at the opportunity to serve on the initiative, noting it opens doors for win-win collaborations.
He intimated that under the recently awarded ACE Impact Project grant, WACCI is working with partners globally to transform the Centre into an Agricultural Innovation and Entrepreneurship institution.