Ethiopia - 

Low rates of genetic gain are being delivered to farmers in many cropping systems

  • To improve rates of gain delivered to farmers, improvements are needed in:

Clarity of program objectives and product concepts

Technical capacity of staff

Organization of breeding pipelines

Management, accountability, and “incentivization” of scientific teams

  • Improved technical and managerial performance could deliver higher rates of genetic gain, adoption, and varietal turnover in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa in most staple crops
  • The crop improvement system serving smallholders is lagging both technologically and managerially
  • International donors and development partners are increasingly committed to helping grantees and partners improve the rates of genetic gain delivered to farmers by their breeding programs
The imperative to accelerate genetic gain