NextGen Impact Report

A Decade of Change

Celebrating a decade of impact

The Next Generation Cassava Breeding Project (NextGen) has blended advanced breeding techniques with market intelligence and community engagement to develop a new model for deploying advanced crop science to solve practical problems.

The result has been a decade of impact: a radical transformation of cassava breeding practices across sub-Saharan Africa that are now in high demand across the continent.

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The foundation of a solid crop value chain is based on varieties that perform well in the field while meeting a wide range of farmer and consumer preferences. NextGen understands how to balance these goals, and that’s why there’s strong demand across Nigeria for its new generation of improved cassava varieties.

Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono

Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

A Decade of Impact

NextGen experts have revolutionized the landscape for cassava breeding practices across sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. These methods now serve as a crop innovation model for other crops, as the approach works faster and smarter to produce better crop varieties:

Developed and deployed five advanced cassava varieties

Cultivated a new digital ecosystem for cassava breeders

Energized national cassava research programs in Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania

Expanded the crop improvement community to include social, data and food scientists and gender experts

Our Partners

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Boyce Thompson Institute

Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) for Plant Research


Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)


Cornell University

Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)


Leibniz Institute DSMZ

Makerere University

Makerere University Regional Center for Crop Improvement (MaRCCI)


National Crops Resource Research Institute (NaCRRI)

National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI)

Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute

Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)

United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

University of Raya

University of Hawaii


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service

West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement

West African Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI)

For more details about decade of impact, visit our NextGen varieties, fellows and publications pages.