With the aim to continue to assist Africa build their own breeding programs, a Breeding Management System training was conducted covering features of the software from the Integrated Breeding Platform, plant breeding data management, including pedigree information, nursery and trial data management, electronic data capture, and genotyping data and analysis.

Twenty-one participants from ICRISAT and partner organizations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan and Zimbabwe underwent the training on Breeding Management System in Nairobi on 7-11 April.

The sorghum database was made available to all the participants and on the last day of the workshop, participants were able to initiate the data import for their own breeding programs and also analyze the datasets.

Dr Alistair Orr, Principal Scientist – Economics, ICRISAT opened the workshop on behalf of the Regional Director and, in his message to the participants, stressed on the importance of data management and digitalization to improve the efficiency of breeding programs within the region.

The training was organized following interactions between Dr Stefania Grando, Research Program Director – Dryland Cereals at ICRISAT and cereal scientists in Nairobi in March.

The training was coordinated by ICRISAT scientists Henry Ojulong, Eric Manyasa and Trushar Shah and was facilitated by Fernando Rojas from the Generation Challenge Programme and Praveen Reddy. The activity was undertaken under the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals.

Adapted from ICRISAT Happenings