Borlaug Global Rust Initiative

The Global Rust Initiative (GRI) was established following a meeting of an Expert Panel in May 2005, who reviewed and made recommendations in connection with the threat posed by wheat stem rust race Ug99, not only in east Africa but beyond. The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) was later instigated and replaced the GRI. The BGRI is named after Dr. Norman Borlaug, winner of the 1970 Noble Peace Prize. Its primary objective is to reduce the world’s vulnerability to the rust diseases of wheat, and also focuses on advocating and facilitating the implementation of a sustainable international system to contain the threat of wheat rusts and continue the enhancements in productivity required to withstand future global threats to wheat. The ACRCP at PBI interacts closely with the BGRI in assisting it to achieve its goals.