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This project is an inter-disciplinary collaborative effort between various project partners from International Organizations to Research Centres, from Universities to NGOs. Together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, have collaborated to the project: American University, Bioversity International, CIMMYT, CIP, ICRISAT, IFPRI, Kansas State University, Proinpa foundation, M.S. Swaminathan Research foundation, Wageningen University and Washington State University.



Food and Agriculture Organization

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy.


American University

American University

The American University (AU) is a private university in Washington DC, USA. With more than 5,000 students from across the United States and from more than 100 countries, the AU actively promotes international understanding.


Biodiversity International

Bioversity International

Biodiversity International undertakes, encourages and supports research and other activities on the use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity, especially genetic resources, to create more productive, resilient and sustainable harvests.




Cimmyt is an internationally funded, non-profit research and training organization affiliated with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) with the mission of helping the poor in the developing world by increasing the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of maize- and wheat-based cropping systems while protecting natural resources.


International Potato Center

International Potato Center

The International Potato Center (CIP), part of the CGIAR family, seeks to reduce poverty and achieve food security on a sustained basis in developing countries through scientific research and related activities on potato, sweetpotato, other root and tuber crops, and on the improved management of natural resources in the Andes and other mountain areas.




The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a non-profit and non-political research organization helping the poor in the semi-arid areas of the developing world. Its mandate is to increase international public goods, food security and livelihood resilience


International Food Policy Research Institute

International Food Policy Research Institute

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) was founded in 1975 to seek sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI strengthens the links between research and policymaking through its regional networks. It communicates the results of its research to influence policymaking and raise public awareness about food security, poverty, and natural resource issues.


Institut d’Economie Rurale

Institut d’Economie Rurale (IER)

The Institut d’Economie Rurale (IER) (Rural Economy Institut) is the main research institute in the field of rural policy and agro-economic research in Mali. The IER was founded in 1960 with the mission of contributing to the agricultural production, to preserve natural resources and to increase food security through research.


Kansas State University

Kansas State University

The Department of Agricultural Economics of Kansas State University has a rich tradition of services to agriculture and related fields, dating back more than 85 years. Today, the Department maintains large and diverse programs in undergraduate instruction, graduate instruction, research and extension outreach.




PROINPA Foundation is a science and technology organization in Bolivia which contributes to promoting the conservation of the genetic patrimony of Bolivian potatoes, sweet potatoes and other tubers, and to the generation of technologies within a set of sustainable farming systems.


Swaminathan Research Foundation

MS Swaminathan Research Foundation

The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation started its work 16 years ago in the thematic areas of coastal systems, biotechnology, biodiversity, ecotechnology, food security and information, education and communication.


Wageningen University

Wageningen University

Wageningen University in the Netherlands is the leading European university in the Life Sciences. Researchers and students at Wageningen University focus on the fields of nutrition, health, nature and the living environment.


University of Washington

University of Washington

The Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington is the pre-eminent graduate school of public policy and management in the Northwest, and ranks nationally in the top tier of graduate schools in its field.