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Sorghum and millet grow money for the Mariko family
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Farmers in Mali endorse climate-resilient and high-yielding crop varieties
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Young people in Niger explore different forms of agriculture for a better future
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Seed consortium to bring improved sorghum to Indian farmers post rains
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Rising fodder shortage prompts release of two pearl millet varieties with superior and higher forage in south India
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Better seeds and best practices enhance incomes for smallholder farmers in Mali
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Rising market pull for dryland crops prompts move for setting up efficient seed delivery systems

Food prices could double due to climate change 

Building climate resilience 

Reducing hunger

Highest risk of hunger (2030-50 projections)

More than 300 million poor and malnourished live in the target ecologies

Reducing poverty

Improving natural resources & ecosystem

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for the largest share (22%) of the global cost of land degradation of US$ 300 billion

199 million stunted children in the target regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Reducing malnutrition

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A monk’s souvenir that became pigeonpea’s crown jewel

ICP 7035, a landrace of pigeonpea from India is a rare line with resistance to multiple diseases, is hardy and a consumer’s delight. Found by chance under unusual circumstances, the landrace has shown the importance of conserving biodiversity. Though It has proved to...

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Millet consumption survey provides largest baseline for India

Consumer survey about millets  The results of the first ever large-scale survey on millet consumption in India has been published, offering government, central and states and the private sector valuable insights into consumer trends to help further mainstream these...

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The benefits of investment in genomics research are manifold

The return on investment in crop genomics research is manifold but to realize the full potential and reap optimum benefits from it, there is a need for enhanced strategic investment in upstream research and enabling an environment for adoption of these technologies at...

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GLDC mission and vision

  • Discover ways to transform underperforming agri-food systems in the target ecologies of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa into well-functioning systems.

  • Deliver greater crop technologies, productivity and economic gains from market linkages and value chain development.

GLDC Research is communicated through collaborative work by the participating centres, highlighting our constant emphasis on partnerships and collaboration. Watch this space as we share some unique ideas that highlight the broad thematic areas and solutions.

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Leveraging farmer household aspirations to target and scale agricultural innovations


Young people from Kiembara’s artisanal gold sites return to agriculture (English)

Flagship Programs 

Priority Setting and Impact Acceleration (FP1)

Ensures that GLDC research is demand-driven, outcome-focused, inclusive and scalable with high potential for large impact contributing to the Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) and System Level Outcomes (SLOs).

Transforming Agri-Food Systems (FP2)

Improves the profitability, productivity and sustainability of smallholder farming systems using on-farm and in-household innovation to ensure household nutritional security and enhanced income generation through integrated crop, tree and livestock production systems.

Integrated Farm and Household Management (FP3)

Strengthens agri-food system mechanisms to respond and adapt to context-specific and evolving needs of women, men and young farmers, value chain and governance actors.

Variety and Hybrid Development (FP4)

High-yielding, nutrient-dense and market-preferred GLDC varieties and hybrids will be made locally available and utilized by women, men and young farmers and value chain actors.

Pre-Breeding and Trait Discovery (FP5)

Widens the genetic base of GLDC crops and provides an extensive tool kit of modern genomics, genetic enhancement, breeding tools and high precision phenotyping for efficient breeding.

Common Beans for Markets and Nutrition (FP6)

Analyses the agroecological and social context of the common bean crop, and develops and disseminates new varieties within a production-to-consumption corridor approach.

Cross-cutting areas 

Projected outcomes (2022-2030)

Farm households adopt
improved varieties

2022 8.9 million
2030 21.7 million

Exit poverty
2022 4.4 million
2030 11.8 million

Meet daily nutritional needs
2022 12.7 million
2030 24.8 million

Cumulative carbon inputs to soils
2020 4.9 million tons
2030 13.1 million tons

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