Local farmers, agronomists and academics are first introduced to the theory of plant breeding and taken through the steps to develop a variety. This includes practical and theoretical work. Each training is over the period of 1-2 weeks.
A project approach is designed to achieve: A market analysis of the underutilised species. A prioritized list of the key selection criteria for the underutilised species. A breeding plan for the development and launch of the underutilised species.
Funding is secured to implement the complete breeding program. Programs are managed by local smallholder farmers and their local project partners. Projects are revisited by expert volunteers throughout their lifespan for further training support.
Once germplasm is created this will be made available for screening around the world through germplasm resource centres.