All news and blogs

Breeding for better gender equity

| Sam Storr | 11/2/2020

This blog was also posted by the Gender & Breeding Initiative A pilot study to validate tools that will help breeders to pay more attention to gender is about to be launched with two breeding programs in Nigeria and Kenya. The pilot study represents an important milestone in a new collaboration between the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) and the CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative (GBI), which is led by the CGIAR...

Plant breeders assess tools and services to accelerate breeding with genotypic data

EiB news | Sam Storr | 7/2/2020

On January 15, the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) held a one-day workshop with users of its genotyping and data analytics services at the 2020 International Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) conference, held in San Diego, USA. Through the...

Toward a unified breeding data management system

EiB news | Sam Storr | 28/1/2020

Members of the Enterprise Breeding System (EBS) advisory committee are lending expertise to make progress on the development of a full-spectrum breeding data management software.CGIAR plant breeders currently rely on a suite of different software projects to make use of the data that is crucial to...

EiB Annual Meeting 2019 Highlights

EiB news | Sam Storr | 16/12/2019

A common vision for CGIAR breeding backed by funders, with a view to One CGIARAt its 2019 annual meeting, the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform outlined an ambitious vision for breeding program modernization designed to deliver on the two key metrics demanded by the donors behind Crops to End Hunger: greater rates of variety...

CGIAR and NARS cassava and yam breeders visit Brazil

EiB news | Sam Storr | 2/12/2019

During the week of 12 August 2019, cassava and yam breeders from CGIAR and national agricultural research centers in Colombia, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania participated in an EiB-sponsored visit to Brazil.After carrying out assessments at 13 CGIAR centers, the trip was one of the improvement opportunities...

Enterprise Breeding System hackathon

EiB news | Sam Storr | 22/11/2019

First steps taken to unify CGIAR-NARS breeding softwarePhoto credit: CIMMYT / Eleusis Llanderal ArangoFrom 21 October to 1 November, software developers and administrators from several breeding software projects met at the headquarters of the International Maize & Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico to work on delivering...

How much does it cost to develop and deliver improved maize varieties in Africa?

EiB news | Sam Storr | 3/10/2019

By Jerome Bossuet From 10-12 September, members of the Global Maize Program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) team met with breeders, seed system specialists, research associates, technicians and enabling technology leads...

Change management and behavioral change is key to modernization in CGIAR

Opinion | Sam Storr | 3/9/2019

 By Hugo Campos, International Potato Center (CIP)  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the...

Digitization survey results announced

| Sam Storr | 28/8/2019

 In March 2019, EiB surveyed its members to identify the models of equipment currently used to digitize breeding operations.These include package printers, label printers, barcode readers, electronic data collectors and seed counters that can be used to speed up, standardize and introduce efficiency savings into breeding program operations.The survey results will be used to guide the outreach agenda of EiB module leaders, while the makes and...

Digitization survey results announced

EiB news | Sam Storr | 28/8/2019

In March 2019, EiB surveyed its members to identify the models of equipment currently used to digitize breeding operations.These include package printers, label printers, barcode readers, electronic data collectors and seed counters that can be used to speed up, standardize and introduce efficiency savings into breeding program...