Who We Are
An international consortium
The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) is an international community of thousands of hunger fighters from hundreds of institutions working together to:
- reduce the world’s vulnerability to threats to wheat, particularly from disease and climate change;
- enhance world productivity to withstand global threats to wheat security.
- facilitate sustainable international partnerships to contain these threats;
- engage with farmers for a wheat-secure world;
- train the next generation of hunger fighters.
The BGRI was initiated by Norman E. Borlaug in 2005. Founding institutions were ICAR, ICARDA, CIMMYT, UN-FAO and Cornell University.
Communication among the founding organizations led to adoption of a Charter for the BGRI. The Charter calls for an Executive Committee and a general membership comprised of all organizations wishing to participate.
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
Meet Our Executive Committee
The Executive Committee of the BGRI is an international group representing national and organizational stakeholders in the fight for disease resistance and climate resiliency for one of the world’s most important cereal crops. The Committee meets at the BGRI Technical Workshop and other times as necessary. There are 6 permanent members and 12 rotating members.