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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

CICI-ESAProject updates
November 17, 2021

Capitalizing on time in the race to breed inclusive, resilient crops

As plant breeders around the world mobilize to breed staple crops adapted to rapidly changing environments, there is one critical element out of their control – time. How can breeding…
CACCIAProject updates
November 17, 2021

Developing drought-resistant beans in Costa Rica through genetic improvement

As Costa Rica gets dangerously warmer and drier due to the onslaught of climate change, bean breeders here are at the front lines of the fight to protect food security.…
CIWAProject updates
November 17, 2021

Seed systems sustainability in West Africa: For producers, by producers

For national breeding programs to successfully develop new crop varieties, plant breeders must involve numerous and diverse stakeholders. This process, while essential, often leads to silos in discussion. Finding innovative…

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