We’re looking for projects for plant breeders without borders

Things are progressing with Plant breeders without borders and we are now looking for potential new projects to work on. You may be able to help Plant breeders without borders out with identifying potential projects. The key selection criteria that we are looking for include:
– A project in a developing or 3rd world country
– Projects on underutilised species
– Smallholder farmer groups that we can do the participatory training with
– A good local partner that can organise the training and then carry on the breeding program when the training is complete
If you have any suggestions please let me know.
The previous model we have used is to do 2-5 days of training smallholder farmers how to do the crossing. In this time we do a market linkage analysis to determine weaknesses in the chain for the seed going from the breeders to the consumer and if breeding can help strengthen this weakness. We then rank a list of traits to breed for from most important to least created by the smallholder farmers. Then we design a breeding program and work out who will do what role, how long it will take and how it will be done. With that plan we can then look for funding to get it started. The breeding program could go from 2-7 years to the final release of the variety. Along the way the germplasm saved and generated will be made freely available through the Crop trust network of germplasm banks. Spread the word and lets see what projects we can find thanks

Plant breeders without borders Pilot project 2 Indonesia 2017

Here we go again with Pilot project 2 for Plant breeders without borders. Today I travel to Bogor University in Indonesia to do training for Plant breeders without borders in Bambara groundnut and indigenous vegetables. This time I have a project sponsor in Bayer. Dr Cory Mills will be joining me in Indonesia to help deliver the training to 30 farmers and university students. The training will go over two days from Monday 15th to Tuesday 16th July. So stay posted to all the happenings with Plant breeders without borders on facebook. Tomorrow we visit the university to plan the training with the staff there and then on the weekend Cory and I will be travelling to the village where the farmers are coming from the do the training, which is about 6 hour away from the university in Sumedang. I will put plenty of photos on the page so you can see what life is like in Indonesia while plant breeding.

Crop breeding is not keeping pace with climate change

Here is an interesting link out there for you all to show how important it is to keep up the development of plant breeders in our world today:


It’s scary to think about what the future might hold.  Is plant breeding the solution, no, not on its own, but it is part of the jigsaw of the answer to out future problems.

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Breeding Food Security In The Developing World

We all know ‘Doctors Without Borders” who deliver vital medical aid in times of crisis, then there’s “Reporters Without Borders” who seek to protect journalists and press freedom around the world. But how about “Plant Breeders Without Borders” – that’s the idea of a young Australian plant breeder who wants to send plant breeders to the developing world to help improve food security.