Empowering smallholder farmers to reach their farming potential,
Transferring knowledge of underutilized species so that breeders can work together with smallholder farmers to develop better varieties more suited to their local needs and long term market opportunities.
Build a strong network between breeders, students, smallholder farmers, local universities, rural communities, local markets and civil society groups.
Empower smallholder farmers to be owners of their local breeding and development projects. Increase diversity in underutilized species that help improve nutrition, income and climate adaptation for smallholder farmers and their families.
Plant Breeders Without Borders contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals through:
Plant Breeders Without Borders commits with a 10 year plan that will impact smallholder farmers in 10 developing countries: 8 of them during the first 3 years through 3 developing projects. We will run 60 capacity building activities involving 50.000 smallholder farmers and launch 60 new varieties in 10 years, that will duplicate the yield of underutilized species.
We are in a constant building of a database of plant breeding project with guidance and support from groups such as Crops for the Future and Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Plant breeders with the appropriate skills will be matched to projects. A student/trainee will also be allocated to a project to allow mentoring and the passing on of plant breeding knowledge. Participatory plant breeding will be the model used to deliver the training to people on the ground, which will include farmers, extension staff and local scientists.