The Institute for International Crop Improvement (IICI) led by Executive Director Donald MacKenzie Ph.D., translates key discoveries in plant science into new solutions for food quality and availability challenges in developing regions and provides regulatory, biosafety and project management to develop improved crop varieties.


The Institute works in partnership with international research institutions, NGOs, funding agencies and regulatory agencies. Members of the Institute are involved in international collaborations: connecting leading scientists and cutting-edge technologies, training international scientists, and providing regulatory, biosafety and project management services.


The Institute is committed to delivering products to communities where improved crops are needed most. Enhanced staple crops will provide improved food security, nutrition and economic stability to smallholder farmers and their families.
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The Institute for International Crop Improvement at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is generously supported by a number of private sources and government entities, including the James S. McDonnell Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Monsanto Fund, and USAID from the American People. 

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For more information, please contact Dana Benedicktus at +1 (314) 587-1456 or email her at dbenedicktus@danforthcenter.org.