The Enterprise Breeding System (EBS)

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.

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.

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.

Experiment management

Plan, create and manage breeding trials.

Field implementation

Lay out experiments in fields, collect data and capture location information.

Germplasm management

Maintain seed inventory and add new materials to your breeding program.

Service management

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


Connect data to powerful analytics and decision support tools.


Use genotypic data to meet breeding objectives such as germplasm characterization and genomic selection.

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. Eligible institutions will only need to cover adoption and on-going operational and support costs to use the EBS.

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 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!