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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-...

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...

Webinar reveals approaches for breeders to save time and money, cut waste – and deliver for clients

| Adam Hunt | 22/10/2020

How can breeders and other research programs continually improve their processes and products? And how can they ensure they keep a customer focus at the centre of their work?A recent webinar organized by the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) and Accelerating Genetic Gains in Maize and Wheat for...

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...