DGGW surveillance training in 2018-19 in South Asia

Wheat disease surveillance facilitates the targeted release of rust resistant wheat varieties and/or the withdrawal of susceptible varieties. It has been an essential aspect of the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) and Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat (DRRW) projects under the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) ever since the BGRI’s inception in 2008. Building

Strategies to Sustain the Bt Brinjal Technology, Reduce Time for Variety Approval and Accelerate Adoption in Bangladesh

Three key strategy and policy level interventions to sustain the Bt technology in Bangladesh and gear up for increasing demand from the farmers include (a) Making Bt technology durable – planting refuges and multiple proteins; (b) Event based approval – To reduce time for new variety approvals and (c) Private sector participation – To accelerate scale of adoption with geography relevant varieties.

Community-based Seed System Initiative thrives in Nepal

Subhash Adhikari is one of 70 smallholder wheat farmers in the Chitwan district of Nepal benefitting from the Seed System Initiative, implemented by Cornell’s Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project in 2017-18. Farmers like Adhikari who plant quality wheat seeds reap greater harvests and are assured better markets for the seed.

Sowing Seeds of Prosperity

DGGW efforts since 2016 are relentlessly working towards establishment of an innovative seed village model in Nepal. The model is bringing wheat seed farmers under formal seed production thereby, increasing dissemination and uptake of disease free, quality wheat seeds.