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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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Featured publication

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

Breeding informatics
July 9, 2021

Brappid Apps: An idea that could revolutionize breeding informatics

As plant breeding – and agriculture in general ­– becomes digital and data-driven, a common problem emerges: How can breeders and biologists access and, more importantly, use this data with…
AnnouncementsOpportunities
June 28, 2021

We’re hiring: Program Manager

We are seeking a Program Manager to provide administrative and operational leadership for the USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement (ILCI) housed at Cornell University's Department of…
CIWAProject updates
June 1, 2021

How next-generation crops boost climate resilience and nutrition in West Africa

In West Africa, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement works with smallholder farmers and rural populations to develop sustainable crop innovations that address climate change and other social challenges.…

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