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Program Overview

The extraordinary discoveries of plant molecular biology have yet to be used in ways that will benefit the world’s poor; likewise, the rich pools of genetic resources that exist in collections held by national agricultural research systems (NARS) and the Future Harvest Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) have yet to be tapped in a systematic way. Through this Challenge Program, we will create a strong coalition of institutions dedicated to alleviating poverty by applying the recent advances of the biological sciences. This alliance will harness the powerful tools of the genomics revolution to unlock the genetic potential within crop germplasm to address the needs of the resource-poor. The Challenge Program for Unlocking Genetic Diversity in Crops for the Resource-Poor will produce a new, unique public platform for accessing and developing new genetic resources using new molecular technologies and traditional means. Also known as the “Unlocking Genetic Diversity Challenge Program” (or UGDCP), this Challenge Program will make available as public goods an unprecedented array of genomic and genetic resources, ready for direct use in plant improvement, first to the national agricultural research systems (NARS) of developing countries, small and large, that have plant improvement programs, and later to any other entities that have crop improvement goals, especially those dedicated to resource-poor farmers. These products will be in the form of enabling technologies and intermediate products for crop improvement programs in NARS and elsewhere.

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