Accelerating Genetic Gains in Maize & Wheat for Improved Livelihoods


Texcoco, Mexico

Year Awarded  2020

FFAR award amount   $5,000,000

Total award amount   $35,000,000

Location   Texcoco, Mexico

Matching Funders   Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CIMMYT

  • Next Generation Crops

Millions of resource-poor farmers have not benefited from the best agriculture science and research, often growing outdated, sub-optimal crop varieties. Socially or economically disadvantaged groups, particularly women, are least likely to have access to information and new technologies, including seed of improved varieties. The project brings together partners in the global science community and in national agricultural research to accelerate the development of climate-resilient, pest and disease resistant, highly nutritious and higher-yielding varieties of maize and wheat, two of the world’s most important staple crops. Specifically focusing on supporting smallholder farmers in 17 low- and middle-income countries of Africa and South Asia, the project uses innovative methods that improve breeding efficiency and precision to produce varieties targeted to farmers’ needs. To reach and benefit as many farmers as possible, the project works to improve equitable access, especially by women, to seed and information about the new varieties.

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The Latest


Our Insights highlight unique perspectives from across the food and agriculture community.

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Indigenous Farmers are Leading a “New Green Revolution” Focused on Hemp

James DeDecker, Director, Michigan State University – Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Mary Donner, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians – Ziibimijwang Farm Executive Director and Tribal Citizen

Going Nuts: Nut Crops as Climate Resilient Protein Alternatives for the Future

Matt Davis

University of California, Davis

Building Tools for Plant Genome Editing

FFAR Fellow, Simon Sretenovic

University of Maryland, College Park

Tackling Malnutrition with Biofortification

Aichatou Djibo Waziri

Washington State University

Wheat: already delicious and now nutritious

Addison Carroll

FFAR Fellow

Dusting the Soil for Fungus-Prints: Spinach Seed Production and One of its Greatest Threats

Alex Batson

Washington State University

A day on the Battlefield: Searching for Perennial defenses in wild places

Kelsey Peterson

2019-2022 FFAR Fellow

Gene Editing is a Real Solution for Climate Change

Nicholas Karavolias

FFAR Fellow 2020-2023

Heavy Metal and Chocolate: Not the Best Pairing  

Zachary Dashner

2018-2021 FFAR Fellow

Combating Herbicide Resistance

Abby Barker

2018-2021 FFAR Fellow

Food for the Future: How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Drought Resistance

Kevin Xie

2018-2021 FFAR Fellow


The latest news and updates from FFAR.

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Developing Smart Breeding Methods to Increase Crop Resilience

Scientists Unite to Combat Fusarium Wilt in Cotton

Increasing Drought Tolerance in Rice

Improving Yields & Traits in U.S. Hemp Crops

New Falling Number Test Prevents Wheat Contamination, Saves Farmers Millions

Domesticating Saltwater Crops for Future Food Needs

RIPE researchers determine chloroplast size unlikely option for improving photosynthetic efficiency

Unveiling the secrets of green pods: The role of soybean pods and seeds in photosynthesis

Grant Trains African Scientists to Improve Regionally Important Crops

Fortifying Wheat Against Heat and Drought

FFAR Grant Improves Plant-based Protein’s Production and Nutritional Content

Promoting Mung Bean Crop Opportunities

Hemp Research Consortium Awards Initial Grants

FFAR Grant Promotes Sorghum Health Benefits

FFAR Grant Identifies Genes Promoting Climate Resiliency in Wheat

FFAR Grants Develop Heat Tolerance in Crops

FFAR Supports Boosting Climate-Resilient Wheat

FFAR Grant Accelerates Climate Resilient Crop Breeding

FFAR Grant Speeds Domestication of Sustainable Crops

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Tools, technologies and strategies from the research we fund.

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Accelerating Crop Development with Improved Haploid Fertility

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Getting to the Root of the Problem: Fastidious Pathogens

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