We are back. So much has happened since the world went dormant in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly two years ago. The crisis has showed us how we can adapt and live in an interconnected world where a small event triggers a big change in our lives.
Although COVID-19 has presented a number of challenges for us at an operational level, it has also offered a unique opportunity for the IBP to grow in many ways. We have continued to invest in our greatest asset, our people, and we have worked even harder on our partnerships to ensure that we continue to deliver cutting edge tools and technologies for the modernisation of crop breeding programs against a back-drop of pressing environmental challenges such as climate change and an ever-increasing demand for food.
So, welcome to the first newsletter of our new series, where you will read a short Q&A section with me on how the IBP is working in Africa and our philosophy around improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, as well as a review of our 3 major ongoing initiatives.
The flagship product of the IBP is the Breeding Management System (BMS) that has been adopted by a wide range of partners, both public and private sector, in 30 countries around the world. This newsletter will highlight the versatility of the BMS across a range of situations to successfully support the digitalization of breeding activities for regional networks (ABEE), crop networks (EBCA), and while supporting individual national programs and CGIAR Centres (through the EiB platform).
Take time to visit our revamped website (https://www.integratedbreeding.net/) where we explain our work with partners and give an insight into our products and services in support of the digitisation of plant breeding and the adoption of best practice in crop improvement.
We can look back on a successful, albeit challenging, 2021 and we look forward to working with you in 2022. In the meantime, please enjoy the upcoming holiday season with your families and loved ones.
Director – IBP