We are trying to better understand the business and policy aspects of breeding maize for organic farmers.  Our current research efforts focus on:

  1. Evaluating potential policy barriers to organic maize breeding including intellectual property rights and restrictions on advanced breeding techniques.
  2. Analyzing market issues in maize breeding including farmer access to high quality organic seed and use of non-organic seed in certified organic production.
  3. Exploring business structures to integrate public breeding programs and participatory farmer networks into the commercial aspects of maize breeding.