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Five ways crop breeding can benefit rural women

| | 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 agricultural science — crop breeding — has major potential to empower women to become the author of their lives. By making crops more climate and disease resilient,...

National breeding institutes deliver initial program costing at in-person training course

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 6/10/2021

  NARES course participants cost out aspects of their program using the UQ costing tool.  A new costing tool is helping national breeding programs get the financial data needed to improve their...

Access to genetic analysis accelerates banana breeding in East Africa

Impact | Sam Storr | 30/9/2021

This story is also available in Amharic: View it here.Research at the Musa sp. nursery at IITA-Kampala (Brigitte Uwimama). Banana producers face many pests and diseases that affect their crop, such as Panama disease caused by soil fungi, leaf spot disease, bacterial wilt,...

How can I optimize my breeding scheme?

Tool release | Sam Storr | 1/9/2021

The basic science underlying the process of genetic improvement in crops is now well-understood, if not widely applied. EiB applies these quantitative principles to develop practical advice and guides to help breeders optimize their programs.The goal of breeding scheme optimization is to be able to effectively deliver new...

CGIAR Annual Performance Report 2020 now available online

Partner news | | 1/8/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 a challenging year, placing considerable strain on global food systems. A new online report, CGIAR Annual Performance Report 2020: Growing Resilience for a Better Future, details how CGIAR worked with partners to respond to shocks to food security...

Strengthening Public Breeding Pipelines by Emphasizing Quantitative Genetics Principles and Open Source Data Management

Opinion | | 26/7/2021

 This opinion piece published in Frontiers in Plant Science briefly presents the breeder's equation and highlights the terms that can be manipulated to increase genetic gain per time and per dollar...

New CGIAR Initiatives announced to help radically realign food, land, and water systems

Partner news | | 25/7/2021

Today at the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) 2021 Pre-Summit, CGIAR announces an exciting new research and innovation prospectus to transform food, land, and water systems in a climate crisis. The prospectus of...

Crops to End Hunger: Accelerating Seed Delivery through Sustainable Seed Systems

Partner news | | 25/7/2021

This morning, in a virtual panel discussion organized by Agrilinks, a group of breeding and seed experts from the private and public sectors reviewed the ideas presented in a recent White Paper drafted by the Crops to End Hunger...

MODERNIZING CROP BREEDING TO SAFEGUARD TOMORROW'S POPULATIONS

Partner news | | 10/7/2021

The modernization of crop breeding techniques, coupled with technological leaps and the wealth of genetic diversity contained in genebanks, is crucial to achieving more resilient and efficient farms and lessening the reliance on food imports. ICARDA can now produce up to...

Data from new Excellence in Breeding report reveals progress on CGIAR’s transformation

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 5/7/2021

A new compilation of data reveals real progress on CGIAR’s crop breeding transformation agenda. CGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB)’s first-ever Annual Report focuses on 27 data points showing progress on its mandate to accelerate the...