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a world free from hunger.

 
 

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the power of plants.

 
 

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About ILCI

At the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement, we equip National Agricultural Research Institutes with the power to define their unique goals and drive advancement in crop improvement to reduce malnutrition, hunger and provide equitable benefits to women and youth.

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Crop Improvement ≠ Plant Breeding

That’s right, we said it — crop improvement and plant breeding are not the same thing. We may be breeding plants, but crop improvement represents a much broader continuum of activities at the intersection of agricultural, life and social sciences.

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Our impact is global

Uganda

East African Center of Innovation for Finger Millet and Sorghum (CIFMS) led by the National Semi arid Resources Research Institute (NaSARRI)

Haiti

Central American and Caribbean Crop Improvement Alliance (CACCIA) co-led by Quisqueya University

Nepal

Breeding pulse crops towards protein biofortification with the Nepal Agricultural Research Institute

Senegal

Crop Innovation in West Africa (CIWA) led by the Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA)

Costa Rica

Central American and Caribbean Crop Improvement Alliance (CACCIA) co-led by the Instituto Nacional de Innovación y Transferencia en Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA)

Malawi

Center of Innovation for Crop Improvement for East and Southern Africa (CICI-ESA) led by Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)

Centers of Innovation for Crop Improvement

Led by National Agricultural Research Institutes in each country, these centers act as regional hubs to drive tools, technologies and methods that target crops that are essential for food security

Uganda

East African Center of Innovation for finger millet and sorghum (CIFMS)

Malawi

Center of Innovation for Crop Improvement for East and Southern Africa (CICI-ESA)

Costa Rica & Haiti

Central American and Caribbean Crop Improvement Alliance (CACCIA)

Senegal

Crop Innovation in West Africa (CIWA)

Recent highlights

Announcements
October 8, 2021

Online course launches to explore links between resilience and crop improvement

A new online course on resilience in agriculture provides agricultural professionals from across the globe with cutting-edge insights into one of the most critical interdisciplinary topics in crop improvement. The…
Events
October 7, 2021

Webinar: Moving the Needle on STEAM Diversity through Collaborative Partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions

Abstract This session will provide participants who have an interest in increasing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and math) diversity through the development of collaborative partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions…
Announcements
September 29, 2021

Fellowship program enhances opportunities in crop improvement for students from underrepresented backgrounds

A new graduate fellowship program will support students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to become next-generation leaders in global crop improvement. Led by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop…

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