The Enterprise Breeding System is co-developed with users: more functionalities and use cases are added according to their needs and feedback. This may even include building in compatibility with existing data systems.
At the same time, institutions that adopt EBS will need to adapt their breeding and data workflows to make use of EBS, a process supported by the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform.
An early version of EBS is already in the hands of early adopters for maize, rice and wheat. In future phases of development, more key breeding functions will be added until a full system is ready for roll-out to more crops and institutions.

The story of EBS


Early adopter breeding teams identified at CIMMYT.

Development begins, guided by an advisory group of early adopters and specialists.


Early adopters start using the first version of the EBS with basic workflow functions to provide input into development of the system.

Early adopters have access to field management and data collection functions.


EBS is used to conduct core breeding activities at CIMMYT and IRRI.

Breeding programs at AfricaRice, IITA (maize) and ICARDA (wheat) start EBS adoption at development with analytics functionalities.


Rice, wheat and maize breeding programs adopt more advanced EBS functions to operate entire breeding pipelines.

Development and adoption process started for other CGIAR and NARS breeding programs.


Adoption process starts for ICARDA wheat, IITA cowpea and soybean

EBS platform as a service (PaaS/Cloud solution) is released

Completion of all milestones of the original blueprint

Start of the adoption process for NARES, PhilRice and BRRI