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How crop breeding can benefit the environment

Opinion | Misha Nicholas | 21/4/2022

 Modern agricultural practices have enabled food production to meet — and even outpace — demands from growing populations. But the rapid growth in production has often come at the cost of significant land and water degradation, biodiversity losses and increased greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). This month’s...

Crowdsourcing market intelligence to boost sweetpotato breeding impacts in Uganda

Success story | Adam Hunt | 23/3/2022

Source: International Potato Center (CIP) Scientists with the International Potato Center (CIP) and Uganda’s National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) are harnessing the latest scientific developments to breed...

Infographic shows how crop breeding can benefit women

| Misha Nicholas | 6/3/2022

To many, crop breeding may sound very scientific and technical. But there are key social aspects to it, too. As we mark International Women’s Day, let’s examine the links between gender and the science of breeding. Breeding has a tremendous opportunity to benefit women, or at least “do no harm.” This is especially true for rural women in developing countries. To do so, breeding programs must incorporate gender...

How to drive tech adoption among crop breeders? This new framework is key

How to | Adam Hunt | 22/2/2022

  Handheld device being deployed in the wheat physiology process. Source: Alfredo Sáenz, CIMMYT A crop breeder’s relationship with technology can drive or stall progress. And in many cases, public breeding programs are playing catch-up. So, how can breeding teams...

Organizational change involves not only the technical — but the personal

| Misha Nicholas | 18/2/2022

 It’s often said that life is a rollercoaster, trundling between obstacles and successes. CGIAR is embarking on its own ups and downs as the One CGIAR transformation officially takes hold. There will be successes, and a strong, more impactful organization will be born. But we also expect some twists and turns. As we move down this track, we should consider the words of...

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,...

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...

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 breeding pipelines to them — with...

Teaming up for more impactful breeding

| Adam Hunt | 27/4/2021

Breeders, economists, gender specialists, and food technologists are gathering together to advance new approaches to breeding crop varieties that people will want.A two-day online “hackathon” jointly organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) and the Excellence in Breeding Platform focused on key improvements to the impact of breeding programs. As these clonally-propagated crops are a foundation of food...

Seeding excellence through breeding excellence

| Adam Hunt | 5/4/2021

Originally published by Asian Seed Magazine. Written by Adam Hunt, EiB Communications lead. CGIAR Excellence in Breeding is working with partners to catalyze a transformation of public crop breeding programs across Asia, Africa and the developing world.When parts of Asia looked to be on the brink of famine in the 1960s, scientists transformed agriculture through the Green Revolution. Catalyzed by the research-for-...