The SABPA committee asked all members to help identify and honour Africa’s 20 most influential plant breeders of 2020. A short motivation was requested, per active plant breeder as to why he or she should be included on the SAPBA list, highlighting and explaining the influence his or her key contributions has had in the plant breeding sector. We received 40 nominations from across Africa! A panel made up of five members, finalized the list of 20 plant breeders. Great consideration was taken when evaluating all nominees, each with their diverse contribution to plant breeding.