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New chickpea breeding protocol promises to bring down varietal development time from 12 years to 6 years
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Laying the ground for drone-based technologies to support development of climate-ready crops
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NARS partners in Asia pick up advanced groundnut breeding lines with market traits for their national trials
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Putting new-age agronomy to test in Indian farms
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

News & updates

Workshop on gene editing held at ICRISAT

Twenty crop scientists from Asia and Africa were trained for two weeks at ICRISAT on gene-editing tools, including the increasingly popular CRISPR/Cas technology. From trait selection to validation of edited plants, specific sessions were conducted on designing...

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African Plant Breeders Association launched in Ghana

The African Plant Breeders Association (APBA) was launched recently to bring together plant breeders from several African nations to work towards achieving food security in Africa through breeding. Dr Sagri Bambangi, Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture in Ghana,...

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Putting new-age agronomy to test in Indian farms

A group of farmers in India’s Telangana state is breaking new ground in their farms with recently learnt scientific agronomic practices to improve crop productivity. The group of 36, from five villages in Warangal Rural district,

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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.

Cross-cutting areas 

Projected outcomes (2022-2030)

50% women beneficiaries

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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