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Baffour Badu-Apraku is a Maize Breeder. Baffour has a PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding from Cornell University, Ithaca, USA. He was the Coordinator of IITA’s West and Central Africa Collaborative Maize Research Network (WECAMAN) from 1992 to 2006. Before joining IITA, he was the leader of the Ghana National Maize Program and also the Joint Coordinator of the Ghana-CIDA Grains Development Project (GGDP) from 1987 to 1992. Under his leadership a QPM laboratory was established for the screening of maize genotypes for high lysine content in Ghana. The QPM variety, Obatanpa GH, was developed and released, and has been widely adopted in Ghana and in Benin, Togo, Mali, Senegal, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Chad, Guinea, Uganda, Malawi, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, and Ethiopia. In addition, appropriate recommendations for maize and legume-based cropping systems and several maize, cowpea, and soybean varieties were released and widely adopted in Ghana.
Through his maize breeding program at IITA since 1992, several Striga-resistant and drought-tolerant early and extra-early populations have been developed and are serving as valuable sources of varieties and inbred lines for breeders of the subregion. Over the years, many early and extra-early Striga, drought and low soil nitrogen-tolerant varieties and more recently hybrids have been developed in his program, formally released, and widely adopted by farmers in the subregion. He has also conducted research to improve maize selection and evaluation procedures including breeding for resistance to multiple stresses, identification of indirect selection criteria, and grouping of evaluation sites into mega-environments using the GGE biplot analysis of genotype × trait interaction and factor analysis of repeatability estimates. Dr Badu-Apraku’s most recent achievement includes the development of Striga-resistant and low soil nitrogen-tolerant extra-early varieties and hybrids with genes for tolerance to drought at the flowering and grain-filling periods.