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Safeguarding crop diversity for food security: Pre-breeding complemented with Innovative Finance: the finger millet component

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Project Description
We propose to introduce superior pre-bred materials generated by the Kenyan finger millet pre-breeding program to the neighboring countries of Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. We will transfer the skills and knowledge of inter-specific breeding to these countries for successful establishment of their pre-breeding programs. We will undertake molecular characterization of key germplasm through a pan-genome analysis in order to understand the true extent of genetic diversity that exists within East Africa (center of origin and center of diversity). We will then create a database of the existing material in order to enhance conservation and utilization of the rich genetic diversity globally. The most promising newly generated pre-breeding materials from this project will be conserved in national and international genebanks and made available under the terms and conditions of the SMTA of the PGRFA.
Institute Name
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, India (ICRISAT)
Institute Country
List of Countries
  • Kenya
  • Ethiopia
  • Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Uganda
Program Name
Templeton Foundation Project
Templeton World Charitable Foundation
Start Date
1st of August 2019
End Date
1st of February 2023
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