In the context of the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week and FARA General Assembly,the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP) was hosting an engaging side event: Accessing the digital revolution to support the modernisation of plant breeding in Africa.
Innovation in plant breeding is imperative to meet the growing demand for food and feed due to global challenges such as population growth and climate change. We need to produce more quantity and higher quality from agricultural production, and plant breeders are at the forefront of this food revolution in Africa.
The right tools, applied within effective programmes and partnerships, makes for a powerful combination – one with the potential to bring about a digital revolution. Its effects will be felt all along the delivery chain – from modern crop information management systems to improved communication between actors, reducing cost of the business and improving the quality of data for decision-making – making a real difference to food security.
In this side event, experts from the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP) and key partners showed how moving into the digital era has the potential to significantly increase crop data management efficiency, as well as the documentation and quality of improved seeds. The IBP also offered tools and services to empower breeders, accelerate the production of improved cultivars adapted to local environments, and build strong regional networks for capacity development.