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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

CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals ended on 31.12.2021. This website was last updated on 25.04.2022.

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Sorghum Cultivar: ICSV 1361063 (SAMBONI)

ariety and hybrid development for robust, responsive global to national breeding systems producing and delivering novel varieties and allied innovations at appropriate scale and scope What is the profile of Sorghum variety 12KNICSV-188 (IMPROVED DEKO)? Samboni or ICSV...

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Snapping trait for reducing labor burden on women and children

For reduced market barriers, diversified enterprise and livelihood opportunities, and increased availability of diverse nutrient-rich foods How is a pearl millet cultivar with a “snapping trait” reducing the labor burden on women and children in ESA? Finger millet is...

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Sorghum variety 12KNICSV-188 (IMPROVED DEKO)

For robust and responsive global to national breeding systems producing and delivering novel varieties and allied innovations at appropriate scale and scope What is the profile of Sorghum variety 12KNICSV-188 (Improved Deko)? Sorghum plays an important role in the...

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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.

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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