The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is a member of the Wheat Initiative. It provides a framework to establish strategic research and organisation priorities for wheat research at an international level.
The Wheat Initiative was created in 2011 following endorsement from the G20 agriculture ministries. It fosters communication between the public and private research community, funders and global policymakers.
Find out about the members of the Wheat Initiative.
Vision for wheat improvement
The Wheat Initiative launched its international vision for wheat improvement in May 2013.
The vision is to promote a vibrant global wheat research community sharing resources, capabilities, data and ideas to improve wheat land productivity, quality and sustainable production.
The mission is to develop a global strategic research agenda and support its implementation through coordinated actions, knowledge and resource sharing, and efficient investment.
Expert working groups
Expert working groups (EWGs) are established where there would be benefit from bringing together experts with a focus on a topic of relevance to the Wheat Initiative’s aims and objectives. The Wheat Initiative provides EWGs with a platform for discussion, information sharing and interaction to identify and address specific research and organisational challenges.
Through its EWGs, the Wheat Initiative identifies potential synergies and nurtures collaborations between research and development programs for wheat improvement in both developed and developing countries. EWGs provide a platform for discussion, information sharing and interaction to identify specific research gaps and formulate recommendations addressing challenges in key areas. They may undertake collaborative actions or foster the creation of international research programmes.