With the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UK aid from the UK government, NextGen Cassava’s international team works with institutional partners across eight countries on four continents. We bring together plant breeders, database managers, programmers, bioinformaticians, gender specialists, food scientists, and more. Learn more about our partners below:


  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (Nigeria)
  • National Root Crops Research Institute (Nigera)
  • West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (Ghana)
  • National Crops Resources Research Institute (Uganda)
  • Makerere University (Uganda)
  • Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute

South America

  • Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Brazil)
  • International Center for Tropical Agriculture (Colombia)

North America

  • Cornell University (New York)
  • Boyce Thompson Institute (New York)
  • USDA-ARS (Ithaca, New York; Hilo, Hawaii)
  • University of Hawaii


  • Leibniz Institute DSMZ (Germany)

In addition to our partners, we have a growing Community of Practice Partnerships (CoPP) with eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana, Rwanda, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Malawi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We also have close collaborations with other projects and initiatives:


Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation)

The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) was founded on April 26, 1973, and is under the aegis of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply.

Since their foundation, and with their partners from the National Agricultural Research System, Embrapa has taken on the challenge  to develop a genuinely Brazilian model of tropical agriculture and livestock to overcome the barriers that limited the production of food, fiber, and fuel in their country.

Visit their website: https://www.embrapa.br/en/international

International Center for Tropical Agriculture

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) works in collaboration with hundreds of partners to help developing countries make farming more competitive, profitable, and resilient through smarter, more sustainable natural resource management. They help policymakers, scientists, and farmers respond to some of the most pressing challenges of our time, including food insecurity and malnutrition, climate change, and environmental degradation. Their global research contributes to several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and cuts across four key themes: big data, climate-smart agriculture, ecosystem action, and sustainable food systems.

CIAT’s mission is to increase prosperity and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research-based solutions in agriculture and the environment.

Visit their website: https://ciat.cgiar.org/

Leibniz Institute DSMZ

The DSMZ is a world-renowned biological resource center. Dr. Stephan Winter, expert in virus research, works with NextGen partners to provide diagnostic services, and help advance selection/screening for cassava brown streak disease resistance.

Visit their website: https://www.dsmz.de/

University of Ghana – West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement

The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) is a partnership between the University of Ghana (UG) and Cornell University, USA that was established in June 2007 with funding from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) at the University of Ghana to train Plant Breeders in Africa working on the improvement of African crops in local environments for farmers in Africa.

Visit their website: http://wacci.ug.edu.gh/

International Institute of Agriculture

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a non-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty,and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, its aim is to improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity.

Visit their website: http://www.iita.org/

National Root Crops Research Institute

The National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike is one of the 17 Agricultural Research Institutes in Nigeria. In line with its national and zonal mandates, the Institute has the responsibility of conducting research into several areas of agricultural endeavor. Its mission is to provide the necessary environment for the production, processing and marketing of value-added products of root and tuber crops towards National food security, income generation, gainful employment and rapid industrial development. The Institute in collaboration with IITA, Ibadan, has substantially contributed to the National Food Security and sufficiency through research and extension activities on root and tuber crops.

Visit their website: https://nrcri.gov.ng/

Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute

The Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) is a semi-autonomous body of the government under the Ministry of Agriculture, responsible for conducting, regulating and coordinating all agricultural research activities in Tanzania. TARI’s mission is to generate and disseminate the application of knowledge and agricultural technologies as catalysts for change in achieving agricultural productivity, food and nutrition security, environmental sustainability, and economic growth, while involving stakeholders in the country and the global community.

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National Crop Resources Research Institute

National Crops Resources Research Institute(NaCRRI) is one of the six National Agricultural Research Institute (NARIS) under the policy guidance and co-ordination of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO).

Visit their website: http://www.nacrri.go.ug/

Makerere University – Regional Centre for Crop Improvement

Makerere Regional Center for Crop Improvement (MaRCCI) is an African Regional Centre of Excellence for Crop Improvement whose mission is to contribute to a secure and sustainable food supply and agricultural income for Africa by enabling the development of improved varieties of food crops. MaRCCI aims to provide graduate training in plant breeding that aims to equip African scientists with sound theoretical and practical knowledge, ably employing the most current breeding approaches to effectively develop and release improved crop varieties that meet stakeholders needs across the region. This focus is enhanced by research and outreach initiatives. MaRCCI is supported by a grant from World Bank (2017-2022) and builds upon Makerere University’s highly respected PhD and MSc training in plant breeding that was initiated as a regional programme by RUFORUM in 2008.

Visit their website: http://marcci.org/

Makerere University – Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Research Group

The AI & Data Science research group at Makerere University specialises in the application of artificial intelligence and data science—including, for example, methods from machine learning, computer vision and predictive analytics—to problems in the developing world. They have carried out research in areas such as the automated diagnosis of both crop and human diseases, auction design for mobile commodity markets, analysis of traffic patterns in African cities, and the use of telecoms and remote sensing data for anticipating the spread of infectious disease.

Visit their website: http://air.ug/
United States

University of Hawaii – Hilo

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, a vibrant, multicultural campus, provides opportunities for higher education on the island of Hawaiʻi, the southernmost and largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. Founded in 1947 under UH Mānoa’s Extension Division and called the “Hilo Program,” UH Hilo was organized under its present name in 1970. UH Hilo has grown and changed throughout the years to meet the educational needs and aspirations of the community.

Visit their website: https://hilo.hawaii.edu/
United States

Boyce Thompson Institute

BTI is an independent, nonprofit institution affiliated with Cornell University and located on its Ithaca campus. Its mission is to advance and communicate scientific discovery in plant biology to improve agriculture, protect the environment, and enhance human health.

BTI’s fifteen faculty-run laboratories and greenhouse facilities are staffed by more than 110 researchers from more than forty countries. The research out of these laboratories has the potential to improve important food crops, demystify plant and human immune systems, and reveal alternative, sustainable sources of energy. Along with its research, BTI prioritizes environmental stewardship, and outreach to teachers, students, and community members.

Visit their website: https://btiscience.org/
United States

Cornell University – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, International Programs

International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (IP-CALS) meets the fundamental challenges of development and food security through teaching, research, and outreach programs that involve undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and mid-career professionals.

Visit their website: https://ip.cals.cornell.edu/
United States

Cornell University – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, School of Integrated Plant Science

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. They work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions they probe and the answers they seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.

Visit their website: https://sips.cals.cornell.edu/
United States

United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency, tasked with finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table.

Visit their website: https://www.ars.usda.gov/
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