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Organizational change involves not only the technical — but the personal

| Misha Nicholas | 18/2/2022

 It’s often said that life is a rollercoaster, trundling between obstacles and successes. CGIAR is embarking on its own ups and downs as the One CGIAR transformation officially takes hold. There will be successes, and a strong, more impactful organization will be born. But we also expect some twists and turns. As we move down this track, we should consider the words of...

CGIAR Mourns Barbara H. Wells, Leading Expert in Genetic Innovation, Agriculture, and Forestry Research

Partner news | | 17/2/2022

Dr. Wells’ distinguished career in the agriculture and forestry research and innovation sectors spanned more than 30 years. She joined CGIAR in 2014 as Director General of CIP. Among many achievements...

New pricing plan for genotyping services from April 2022

EiB news | Sam Storr | 8/2/2022

Over the last year, global supply chains and service providers have been affected by rising inflation, costs and challenges. Genotyping services and inputs in particular are affected by rising demand due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.The CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) has been...

New study shows impact of systematizing crop breeding schemes

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 26/1/2022

 IITA researchers inspect cassava field trials. Source: IITA A new study finds tremendous potential for continuous improvement and mathematical methods to improve breeding schemes, leading to better crops for farmers.The Frontiers in Plant Science paper — authored by the...

Crop breeders in eastern Africa modernize to end regional hunger

Impact | Sam Storr | 14/1/2022

Maize cobs are weighed at the KALRO research station in Kakamega. Credit: CIMMYT/ Peter Lowe.A quiet transformation is underway at the Kenya Agriculture & Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO). New facilities are being developed, flows of digital data are coming online, ways of...

2021 was the year of collaboration in breeding informatics

EiB news | Sam Storr | 10/1/2022

In March 2021, a new network of specialists, the Breeding Informatics Network (BrIN) was established to standardize and modernize breeding data storage, access, curation, analysis, visualization, and decision support. The ultimate goal of BrIN is to improve quality and efficiency in delivering improved...

Digital phenotyping technologies set to take off across CGIAR

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 7/12/2021

CGIAR drone team in a maize field in India (Source: ICRISAT) New and more accessible digital phenotyping technologies and methods can help breeding programs collect data faster and better. EiB is partnering across CGIAR to expand, accelerate and streamline adoption.In the last few years, there...

To meet breeding targets, we must be willing to change: EiB’s 2021 Virtual Meeting

EiB news | Misha Nicholas | 2/12/2021

  As the CGIAR and NARES breeding community push towards increased genetic gains and reducing the weighted average age of varieties, the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding’s (EiB) 2021 Virtual Meeting allowed participants...

New costing tool helps sharpen crop breeding investments

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 2/12/2021

Maize breeders visit a KALRO research station in Kiboko, Kenya (Source: KALRO)  Traditionally, many public national breeding programs have not prioritized the costing of their operations. But as the pressure ...

Breeding’s African food security contribution is a numbers game: EiB at APBA

EiB news | Misha Nicholas | 4/11/2021

Photo Credit: IRRI. CGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB) informatics lead Young Wha Lee understands that breeding "has always been — and still is — a numbers game." Lee and her EiB colleagues recently demonstrated to African Plant Breeders...