The Enterprise Breeding System (EBS) is an open-source breeding informatics software being developed for crop breeding programs serving resource-poor farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The EBS connects, merges and builds upon existing breeding software and data solutions to offer a single powerful tool, so that breeders can focus on using data to create better varieties, faster.
Development is led by the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform, which supports CGIAR and national agricultural research system programs to adopt the breeding workflows and data management practices required to adopt the EBS.
Frequently asked questions:

Easy to use

Perform all breeding tasks, analysis and decisions from a single modern dashboard.


Launch advanced analyses that draw upon a wealth of data stored in the EBS.


Connect your key applications and databases with the EBS.


Customize your workflow from the set of tools available and supported by the EBS.


Data collected offline can be uploaded later with no loss of integrity.

News, profiles and demos

Developers are working on over a hundred new or improved functionalities in the August 2022 to January 2023 period, following a series of global meetings that distilled user requirements into a realistic blueprint for the Enterprise Breeding System (EBS) Milestone 6 release.

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International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) Scientists overseeing breeding, principal technicians and data management and support teams underwent an in-person training on the Enterprise Breeding System (EBS) —the first in Eastern Africa, on May 4th- 6th 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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“EBS is an all-in-one tool that will help any Center to modernize their work”

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The EBS is being created to cover all breeding activities, so that breeders no longer have to manage their own data between different applications and databases.

Core breeding

Create and manage germplasm, trials and nurseries.

Service management

Connect to internal and external services including genotypic, quality, and phytosanitary analyses.


Connect data to powerful analytics and decision support tools.
I am looking forward to having all the data in one place and being able to measure key metrics for breeding programs, such as genetic gain.​
Thanda Dhilwayo


I am looking forward to using all the tools as they enable us to to complete a breeding cycle end-to-end in the data management system and improve efficiency.
Silvestro Meseka


Who can use the EBS?

The EBS is being developed for CGIAR, national and private sector breeding institutions delivering improved varieties to farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

Starting 2020, the EBS is available to breeding teams at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). From 2021, the software will be available for a wider range of institutions working on these crops, with support for new crops and functionalities according to development capacity and demand.

Adopting a breeding data management system takes time – learn more about how to get ready for the EBS!