An international community of hunger fighters committed to sharing knowledge,
training the next generation of scientists and engaging with
farmers for a prosperous and wheat-secure world.
Our world relies on a growing supply of wheat
Wheat is grown on more land area than any other food crop — 220.4 million hectares (544.6 million acres).
of wheat is produced globally each year. To produce the required amount of wheat needed to feed the world’s growing population, and accounting for changes in diets (greater demand from growing urban populations), wheat yields must increase at least 1.4% per year to 2030.
The world faces multiple threats to wheat security
Feeding a growing world starts with improved wheat varieties that are resistant to diseases and adaptable to a changing climate.
The Threats of Disease
Wheat diseases do not respect international boundaries. They significantly reduce nutritional value, quality, and yield. Particularly virulent are stem, yellow and leaf rusts that attack wheat fields and spread quickly.
Averting Diseases in Wheat
By using improved varieties bred and tested for disease resistance and the changing climate in local agro-ecological zones, wheat farmers can maximize productivity in a crop that is an important source of protein and calories globally.
Cultivation fueled by collaboration
To develop wheat varieties that are resistant to disease and adaptable to a changing climate, the BGRI’s global community has developed systems for the following.
Breeding & Phenotyping
Monitoring, Surveillance & Pathotyping
Building Open-Access Networks
Educating & Training
Advocating for Scientists & Farmers
Fostering a new generation
of committed hunger fighters.
The BGRI’s global collaboration of scientists, farmers and agricultural research institutions is dedicated to improving genetic gain and optimizing disease-resistance and climate-resilience in wheat. It is also focused on advocating for farmers, and educating, training and mentoring the next generation of hunger fighters. New races of rust pathogens and other biotic and abiotic threats pose ongoing challenges to global wheat production.
From 2008 to 2020, the BGRI’s flagship projects have been the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat (DRRW) and Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) projects.
Explore the collected knowledge of the BGRI community.
For over a decade, the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative has brought researchers together to collaboratively answer the challenges of growing wheat and feeding a growing world. Our knowledge center is a collection of resources created and utilized by our community.Bring Me There
Please note: Some of these resources are external links or links to the BGRI archive site. This window will remain open if you would like to continue exploring the new BGRI site.
- Protocols for Race Analysis of Wheat Stem Rust (Puccinia graminis f.sp. tritici)
- DRRW-DGGW Publications, 2009-2019
- Sounding the Alarm on Global Stem Rust
- Final DGGW report from EIAR
- 12 Years of DRRW and DGGW in South Asia
- 2018 South Asia Wheat Report: Status And Opportunities For Wheat Seeds In India, Bangladesh, Nepal & Bhutan
Deeply rooted in the pursuit of world wheat security
The discovery of the Ug99 (TTKSK) stem rust race in East Africa in 1998 to which over 80% of the world’s wheat varieties were susceptible was a call to action for Dr. Norman Borlaug. Realizing that smallholder wheat farmers globally were at risk, Dr. Borlaug rallied world leaders to address the decades of complacency that had resulted in too few scientists working in inadequate breeding facilities with scarce training resources to address the issue.
By establishing the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) in 2005 to support wheat research and meet the threats head-on, the Nobel Laureate was instrumental in launching the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat (DRRW) project (2008-2016), followed by the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project (2016-2020).Learn More