Who We Are
An international consortium
The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) is a global 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. This community of thousands of hunger fighters from hundreds of institutions is 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.
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.