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Identifying market segments and aligning breeding pipelines will focus CGIAR investments

Opinion | Adam Hunt | 29/6/2021

There is an urgent need for public breeding programs to prioritize and focus their efforts. Excellence in Breeding (EiB) is working with CGIAR partners to identify market segments and align...

In a water-challenged world, crop breeders must do more than go with the flow

Opinion | Adam Hunt | 22/3/2021

 With water sources dwindling and harsher climate conditions on the rise, farmers in the developing world need both better crop varieties and improved water management practices. This World Water Day, Gustavo Teixeira, EiB Module...

New approaches to breed more inclusive crop varieties

Success story | Sam Storr | 5/3/2021

Hale Ann Tufan, right, inspects a cassava plant with Chiedozie Egesi, program director for the NextGen Cassava project, during a visit to research fields in Namulonge, Uganda. Credit: NextGen Cassava. New crop varieties can help farmers thrive in...

Breeding scientists are women of their word

Opinion | Adam Hunt | 9/2/2021

If you had to choose one word that symbolizes “women in science,” what would it be? CGIAR Excellence in Breeding asked this question to an array of women working across the crop breeding domain. Their answers show us a scientific field full of hope and accomplishment, but still struggling with...

Four ways One CGIAR breeding programs can walk the talk on innovation

Opinion | Adam Hunt | 11/1/2021

By Hugo Campos and Michael QuinnIn the face of accelerated climate change, COVID-19 and growing populations, breeding at One CGIAR has a chance to lead the way towards food security. But to achieve that, breeding programs need to consider not only...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...