Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building

Plant Breeding Studies

This case study features the success story of effective plant breeding and seed systems in Bangladesh. The country became nearly self-sufficient in rice production in 1971 as a result of the adoption of high yielding varieties underpinned by flood protection measures, new irrigation techniques, efficient use of fertilizers and the access to rural financial credit schemes.

The Dynamic Tension between Public and Private Plant Breeding in Thailand

This case study reviews the history and current status of plant breeding and seed systems for maize, cassava and rice in Thailand. While the public sector plays a key role in providing human capital and research base,  it fails to address the needs of rising competitiveness in the private sector.

The Strategic Role of Plant Breeding in Uruguay: Analysis Through an Agricultural Innovation System Framework

This report details the adoption in Uruguay of an Agricultural Innovation System (AIS) in its crop production systems. This was a strategic means for enhancing competitiveness especially given its proximity to, and similarities with, Argentina and Brazil, two countries with relatively larger economies and greater technological advancements.

Evolving a plant breeding and seed system in sub-Saharan Africa in an era of donor dependence

This report presents a review of the status of plant breeding in sub-Saharan Africa based on the snapshot studies of the production systems of rice, maize,cassava, beans and vegetables in three countries, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi.

Sustainable Wheat Rust Resistance- Learning from history

The production of wheat, the world’s most widely grown cereal and a major staple food, is severely constrained by wheat rusts, a disease caused by species of the fungus, Puccinia that is capable of causing yield losses of up to 80%.

State of knowledge on breeding for durable resistance to soybean rust disease in the developing world

The global production of soybean (Glycine max L.), an important source of nutrients for both humans and livestock, is threatened by the rapidly spreading soybean rust disease (SRD) caused by Phakopsora pachyrhizi.