Start Date: Oct 01, 2012
End Date: Sep 30, 2017
Transboundary, international approaches are essential because the focal crops are adapted to the tropics. The agricultural problems are of such complexity, magnitude, scope, and urgency that they require the combined research capacity of many nations and institutions. Decisions regarding cooperative, contract funding are reached through frequent assessments of national and international research and infrastructural priorities, in consultation with U. S. government and industry partners, and international research cooperators. Funding is devoted particularly to securing access to genetic resources not available in the U. S., and leveraging research capacity - particularly from multiple international tropical institutions--absent from or inadequate in ARS.