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Crop breeding and soil management must go hand in hand

Opinion | Adam Hunt | 5/12/2020

Originally an EiB Op-Ed published on Farming First.Crop breeding is helping farmers in the developing world produce higher yields and better products under increasingly harsh conditions. This World Soil Day, Gustavo Teixeira, EiB Module lead for Breeding Operations and Phenotyping, explores how breeding success...

Here's how to embed continuous improvement in your work

How to | Adam Hunt | 23/11/2020

By Gustavo Teixeira, Theresa Heitman and Adam Hunt Crop breeding programs are setting an example for how to examine and improve their work – while embedding this process into organizational culture. It's all to better meet the needs of their customers, namely breeders, farmers and...

What are the best practices for modern breeding? CGIAR-EiB coalition shares excellence, innovations, opportunities

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 19/11/2020

Through “sharing excellence” across programs and geographies, crop breeders are ready to deliver higher rates of genetic gain and varietal turnover. This was the theme of November 10-12’s Excellence in Breeding...

New AGG project aims to accelerate genetic gains in maize and wheat

EiB news | | 19/10/2020

By Joshua MasindeCGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB) is contributing its science-backed support to the maize and wheat breeding program improvement plans on the new Accelerating Genetic Gains in Maize and Wheat for Improved Livelihoods (AGG) project.Tremendous impact is...

CGIAR breeding programs need more than just tech upgrades. They need change management

Opinion | Adam Hunt | 15/9/2020

 By Hugo Campos, CGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB) / International Potato Center (CIP)The status quo anchors our minds to the past. Good change management can shake this up. Here are four ways plant breeding programs can ready themselves...

Excellence in Breeding team working to catalyze change

EiB news | Adam Hunt | 31/8/2020

Please see our team bio page.Combining culture change with technical innovations may be the most challenging part of modernization breeing programs. Working with partners across CGIAR and externally to catalyze this change, the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB) Platform has been adapting its...

New project aims to modernize rice breeding in Africa

EiB news | Sam Storr | 7/7/2020

Rice is a food for the future in Africa, with consumer demand for rice growing faster than any other staple crop. With most farms yielding less than two tons per hectare, Africa's taste for rice could lead to greater reliance on food imports, with US $7 billion already spent on imported rice each year, or 36...

Plant breeders could let women farmers guide them

| Sam Storr | 3/6/2020

Plant breeders produce new varieties for their customers: farmers. To predict what kinds of new varieties are likely to offer significant benefits to farmers, breeders may turn to their customers to evaluate which characteristics might make a new variety more acceptable. A comprehensive review of many such evaluations suggests that if breeders were to pay more attention to what women need, it could increase the usefulness of...

Assessing the current state of breeding operations in West Africa

EiB news | Sam Storr | 6/4/2020

In February, the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB) Platform assessed breeding operations and phenotyping capacity at five CGIAR and national crop research stations in West Africa.Given that the population of West Africa is expected to double in the next 30 years (from 400 million to 800...

Dawn of a pan-African method for designing varieties with impact

EiB news | Sam Storr | 20/2/2020

Market and crop development specialists in Africa are making important steps towards embedding customer- and product-driven breeding practices in the region in 2020.One the chief obstacles to agricultural development in Africa is the low rate at which farmers adopt improved varieties ...