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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Five ways crop breeding can benefit rural women

Opinion | Misha Nicholas | 12/10/2021

A woman cassava farmer in the Northern Region of Ghana. Credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT)   Too often, agricultural progress is inhibited by innovations designed by and for men. But what would happen if women were involved in design and development? One aspect of...