Constraints hamper breeding efficiency and the adoption of new technologies for integrating molecular marker and phenotypic data, with the result that the rate of genetic gain delivered to farmers is lower than attainable, given the level of investment in field breeding.
This results in sub-optimal breeding decisions and poor crop performance under target conditions. Compounded over years, the low rate of gain in crop improvement is a substantial drag on overall crop productivity in the developing world.
Breeding programmes in developing countries use state-of-the-art, modern breeding tools and management processes that will increase agricultural productivity and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Long term objective
The IBP aims to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of up to 500 plant breeding programmes across the world within the next five years, with specific focus in smallholder farmers in the developing world.
Short term objective
To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of plant breeding programmes in small and medium-sized breeding organisations by using an integrated, high-performing breeding informatics and management system.
This approach will eventually equate to tens of millions of dollars in economic benefits for a range of essential food security crops, with attendant improvement in livelihoods for smallholder farm families.
How will we get there?
Our unique approach provides tools and services in a user-friendly and integrated package for the full range of breeding operations, from straightforward phenotyping through to complex genomic selection. This website offers public access to products such as diagnostic markers and germplasm, training resources, peer communities and a large provider network, among other things.
Our core product, the Breeding Management System (BMS), is a reliable solution that offers a greater range of tools than other commercial options and comes with appropriate training and timely support services. This system and its complementary services are delivered by IBP regional hubs in order to ensure adoption, customisation and responsiveness to local needs.
This will increase productivity for small holders more quickly and efficiently than other technology available.
Our objective remains to be a long term, sustainable, non-profit organisation, but the full range of IBP products and services have a global appeal, convering all types of organisations. As such, they are available for enterprises of the private sector and for universities and government bodies in more economically developed countries, through paid subscription to the IBP's Breeding Management System (BMS). Paid subscription is established on the basis of a your institution's size, shape and mission and underwrites our ongoing development and maintenance costs.
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