Accelerating Genetic Gains in Maize and Wheat for Improved Livelihoods

Year Awarded   2020

FFAR award amount   $5,000,000

Total award amount   $35,000,000

Location   Texcoco, Mexico

Matching Funders   Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo (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Millions of resource-poor farmers have not benefited from the best agriculture science and research, often growing outdated, sub-optimal crop varieties.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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Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) builds public-private partnerships to fund bold research addressing big food and agriculture challenges. FFAR was established in the 2014 Farm Bill to increase public agriculture research investments, fill knowledge gaps and complement USDA’s research agenda. FFAR’s model matches federal funding from Congress with private funding, delivering a powerful return on taxpayer investment. Through collaboration and partnerships, FFAR advances actionable science benefiting farmers, consumers and the environment.

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