Plant Breeders without Borders, with help from Bayer, shares knowledge and plant breeding skills in developing countries via experienced plant breeders, agricultural students, and partners.
They also empower smallholders by encouraging the cultivation of underutilized crops with highly nutritional components and greater resistance to the effects of climate change.
One example: they have joined forces with Bogor University in Indonesia to empower 30 farmers and agricultural students to develop their own varieties of Bambara Groundnut and other Indonesian indigenous vegetables. Practical training in plant crossing to develop varieties will be the focus, as well as how to successfully market the products to make a sustainable living. The aim is to reduce poverty and improve food security following climate change.
Plant Breeders Without Borders also works in Ethiopia with the International Livestock Research Institute to train farmers and research staff to breed their own varieties of temperate forages. Temperate forages are an underutilized crop in Ethiopia, so farmers struggle to get seed to grow them. This training also encourages farmers to start their own businesses of producing forage seeds and hopefully develop their own varieties in the future.
- Plant Breeders without borders are active in over twenty countries, working with over 5,000 trained farmers and 108 capacity building activities.
- Plant Breeders without borders plan to create 60 new varieties that improve yields and soil fertility and are more resilient to variable climates.