Product Profile

Practitioner's tool-kit


In these changing times, farmers and plant breeders are facing the challenge to improve the productivity and quality of the food we eat and redress the balance between supply and demand in developing countries.


Climate change, rising population, and the need for farming systems to be sustainable for future generations require both innovation and change. Improving new varieties can contribute to this challenge, but the design of new varieties is of paramount importance and can mean the difference between success or failure of new releases


This is a guide to support practitioners in plant breeding and crop improvement to create a product profile (PP) summary. A product profile summary is comprised of two pages and is prepared in three steps:

  1. Product profile design team – information about the composition of the team of experts that have contributed to the design of the new variety.

  2. Clients and markets – information about who the variety has been created to serve and the target markets.

  3. Technical specification of the variety – an explanation about the design of the new variety and its targeted technical attributes


A template has been developed with the primary purpose of communication of product profiles (PP). Completion of the PP template will enable the PP leader/ champion and/or members of the design team to communicate the target product profile of a new variety to a range of technical and non-technical audiences.


The contents of the template should enable audiences to visualize who the variety has been designed for, how it will be grown and its technical characteristics

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Product Profile

Product Profiles – examples

Kersting's Groundnut

High-yielding, cream-seeded Kersting’s groundnut

Eric Agoyi

University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin


Fresh bean Pod

Higher yielding, attractive bean pod with a longer shelf-life for the emerging fresh pod bean market.

Dr. Stanley Nkalubo

NARO, Uganda


Early maturing, lowland, long slender grain rice

Rice (Oryza sativa L.)

Andrew A. Efisue

University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria


Extended shelf-life Tomato inbred


Michael K Osei

CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Kumasi (CSIR-CRI)


Yellow dry bean

Earlier maturing, attractive dry yellow beans for the growing market in Tanzania and Eastern Africa region.

Teshale Mamo

Alliance of Bioversity-CIAT, Tanzania


Superior dry grain sugar bean variety

Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)

Rowland Chirwa

Alliance of Bioversity International
and CIAT (ABC), Malawi


High-yielding hot-set Tomato hybrid


Mathieu A.T. Ayenan

University of Ghana, WACCI


Mung bean/green gram (Vigna radiata)

High yielding, bold seed size green gram (Ethiopia)

Berhanu Amsalu

Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)


Small white canning bean

Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)

Berhanu Amsalu

Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)