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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 lead for Breeding Operations and...

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 difficult agricultural conditions, feed...

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 challenges. For this year’s...

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 genetic and scientific progress, but...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...