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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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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)

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)

Recent highlights

Project updates
March 10, 2021

Gender Is A Hot Topic In Agriculture. It’s Missing The Point

Written by: Hale Ann Tufan, associate director of the Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement and research professor at Cornell Global Development Tell people the biggest goals for global food security,…
CICI-ESAProject updates
March 5, 2021

A new approach to an ancient crop: Elevating the potential of cowpea in Malawi

One of the first plant species ever domesticated, cowpea is also one of the world’s least understood crops. This seeming paradox holds tantalizing appeal for plant breeders in Africa: a…
man and woman stand in field and review cropsCIFMSProject updates
January 25, 2021

Improving agricultural livelihoods in East Africa through crop improvement

For generations farmers in Uganda knew that finger millet would be the backbone of their crop cycles. Government regulations required farmers to grow the herbaceous plant as an essential crop…

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