By Hugo Campos and Michael Quinn
By adopting best practices and established modern tools, NARS (national agricultural research systems) are making data-driven decisions to boost genetic improvement. And they are measuring this progress through tracking and setting goals around “genetic gain.”
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 donors. Here, experts walk through the process, and examine a CGIAR rice breeding case study from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
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?
Working with partners across CGIAR and externally to catalyze change, CGIAR Excellence in Breeding has also adapted its approaches. And it has been adding and reallocating some key talent.