Five ways new equipment and training help deliver crop breeding impacts
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If public crop breeding is to reach its lofty goals, breeders and breeding stations need to have the right equipment. Upgrading equipment means time saved, better accuracy in data collection, and less errors and inefficiencies in the field. But equipment is only as good as the ability to operate and maintain it – crucial for full adoption. All of this is vital to modernize breeding operations so that we can produce new varieties that meet climate, environmental and nutritional challenges.
CGIAR and its national partners have been upgrading their equipment and processes. And recently, CGIAR Excellence in Breeding and the Breeding Resources Initiative helped programs obtain new equipment from USAID. And the teams have been following up with in-depth training with equipment operators.