Innovation Showcase: Crops to End Hunger (CtEH), Achieving more than global objectives and funder priorities by meeting local needs And Breeding and Research Services, Providing essential support for global crop breeding

  • Date
    05.07.24
  • Time
    10:30 am > 03:30 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, Conference Room 1, Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Area: Better Crops

Morning Session: 10:30 – 12:30  

Crops to End Hunger (CtEH): Achieving more than global objectives and funder priorities by meeting local needs

Crops to End Hunger (CtEH) started in 2018 as a multi-funder initiative USAID (USA), BMGF, DFID (UK), BMZ (Germany) and ACIAR (Australia)) with the specific aim of modernizing breeding programs and networks. The CtEH Program brings high-level strategic direction setting together with regional and local autonomy to empower breeding centers and research stations to modernize. 

A White Paper, in progress, is developing a clearer understanding of how CtEH has successfully brought together global objectives and funder priorities with local needs, and will provide clear recommendations for a ‘funder-directed, locally determined’ alternative funding model. During the session, opening comments by CtEH key stakeholders, will be followed by a brief scene-setting presentation, interactive facilitated panel discussion with audience questions, and structured audience discussion to inform the White Paper by addressing the questions:

  • How has the design of CtEH enabled successful modernization?
  • What are the opportunities for improving linkages between breeding and other programs?

Agenda:

Time  Content   Speakers 
10h30 – 10h40  Welcoming address  Bram Govaerts, Director General, CIMMYT  

 

10h40 – 11h00  Crops to End Hunger: Scene-setting from funders 

 

Dr. Sarah Schmidt, Fund International Agricultural Research (FIA) Advisor, GIZ 
11h00 – 11h45  Interactive panel discussion: CtEH White Paper co-creation 

  • How has the design of CtEH enabled successful modernization?  
  • What are the opportunities for improving linkages between breeding and other programs? 

 

Thiago Mendes, Potato Breeder, CIP
Clare Mukankusi, Senior Scientist, Alliance Biodiversity – CIAT
N
ARES representative TBD  
11h45 – 12h30  CtEH change stories: feedback and way forward  Lyndal Hasselman, 

Eng Hwa, Head, Breeding Resources Services (BRS) 

GIZ Representative (TBC)

 

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Afternoon Session: 13:30 – 15:30

Breeding and Research Services: Delivering Essential Support for Global Crop Breeding

This session will feature a presentation by BRS global team of the essential breeding services provided to CGIAR crop breeders and national partners worldwide. These services include: 

  • Breeding Analytics 
  • Digital Solutions (breeding data management and more) 
  • Global Shared Services (lab services, agronomic practices, and engineering support) 
  • Business Process Management 

Following the presentation, a panel discussion with key stakeholders will delve into the role of shared services and cross cutting functions in modernization of breeding programs.

Join us to learn more about what BRS offers and how we can work together effectively to advance your breeding programs! 

Agenda:

Time  Content   Speakers 
13h30 – 13h40  Welcoming address  Sharifah Syed Alwee, BRS Senior Director 

 

13h40 – 14h55  Connecting with Breeding and Research Services:  

 

  • Global Shared Services  
  • Reference Genome 
  • Business Process Management 
  • Digital Solutions  
  • Analytical Data Storage 
  • Breeding Analytics Pipeline 

 

Gustavo Teixeira, Global Shared Services Lead 

Victor Llaca, Corteva 

Amer Najm, Business Process Management Lead 

Andre Moretto Embersics, Digital Solutions Lead 

Breeding Analytics team 

 

14h55 – 15h20  Panel discussion – Role of shared services and cross cutting function in modernization of breeding programs  Young Wha Lee, Senior Program Officer, BMGF 

Stanford Blade, DDG, ICRISAT 

Godfrey Asea, Director of Research, NaCRRI 

 

15h20 – 15h30  Wrap up and way forward  Eng Hwa, Head, Breeding Resources Services (BRS) 

Speakers

  • Bram Govaerts, Director General, CIMMYT
  • Sonja Vermeulen, Managing Director, CGIAR Genetic Innovation
  • Dr. Sarah Schmidt, Fund International Agricultural Research (FIA) Advisor, GIZ
  • Thiago Mendes, Potato Breeder, CIP
  • Clare Mukankusi, Senior Scientist, Alliance Biodiversity – CIAT
  • Young Wha Lee, Senior Program Officer, Crops Research and Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Stanford Blade, DDG, ICRISAT
  • Godfrey Asea, Director of Research, NaCRRI