Crops for the Future was established in 2009 following the merger of the international center for underutilized crops (ICUC) in Sri Lanka and the global facilitation unit for underutilized species (GFU) in Italy.

Since its inception, Crops for the Future has established partnerships with organizations around the world to improve food and nutrition security, health and incomes of the poor, and the sustainable management of fragile ecosystems.

Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) was established in 2011 to provide research support for the global Crops for the Future organization. CFFRC a company limited by guarantee and without share capital. Its guarantors are the Government of Malaysia and the University of Nottingham in Malaysia.

In 2014, Crops for the Future and CFFRC combined their resources to form a single global entity - Crops for the Future (CFF).


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