We are a global community of lifelong learners with a common goal to reduce malnutrition and hunger around the globe.

The Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement’s learning hub provides agricultural scientists and development professionals with cutting-edge insights into the most critical interdisciplinary topics in crop improvement – resilience, nutrition, youth and gender – alongside technical skill development in areas such as genomics.

All courses and training materials are available to the public at no cost and can be completed at the learner’s pace.

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Online courses

Breeding Informatics & Genomics

Introduction to JupyterHub

This course introduces beginners to the use of a cloud-based interactive coding and documentation environment for data analysis projects. Designed by ILCI’s Breeding Informatics and Genomics teams, the sessions provide researchers in plant breeding disciplines with the skills necessary to operate R within JupyterHub.

Three sessions (25-50 minutes each)

Take the Introduction to JupyterHub course
Breeding Informatics & Genomics

Software Interoperability on the ILCI JupyterHub

The workshop builds upon skills learned in the first JupyterHub training and aims to introduce users to the available software programs and how big data can be directly accessed for computation without the need to download and upload these large files.

2 sessions (approx. 1.5 hour each)

Take the software Interoperability course

Quantitative Genetics

Our Quick Win partners at NARO-Uganda and Michigan State University created a course on quantitative genetics concepts and basic statistical methods for genetic data analysis with a focus on genomic selection.

Nine lectures (20- 30 minutes each)

Take the quantitative genetics course
Cross-cutting themes

Resilience in Agriculture

Our online training module on resilience aims to provide an overview of the concept and application of resilience in agriculture for crop improvement. It also looks at resilience in relation to other cross-cutting themes, of gender equality, nutrition security, and youth engagement. This training covers four overall learning objectives to enable the learner to understand basic concepts, definitions, application, and measurement of resilience in agriculture for crop improvement.

4 sessions (1 hour each)

Take the resilience course

Educational tutorials

Trait discovery

GoHy! An Applied Scientific Method

Do you want your science to make the world a better place? Learn more about the goal-directed hypothesis-driven applied scientific method brought to you by our trait discovery team.

Don’t have a log-in? Contact Geoff Morris to gain access.

Log-in to GoHy
Training slides


Learn more about PhenoApps, a suite of low-cost tools that are easy to adopt, use and maintain in order to streamline data collection and effectively measure candidate varieties.

Individual app manuals
Training video series