Diversity© Durga Yael Bernhard

 This illustration was commissioned by the “Generation Challenge Programme”, described as “a time-bound 10-year initiative (2004–2013), with the mission of using genetic diversity and advanced crop science to improve crops for greater food security in the developing world”.  Their goal is to create a “future where plant breeders have the tools to breed crops in marginal environments with greater efficiency and accuracy for the benefit of the resource-poor farmers and their families”.  Sounds great!  Exactly what scientific techniques this program used, I do not know.

I was hired to create several illustrations for their publicity materials. GCP wanted not only plant diversity, but racial diversity as well, which is why they chose me as an illustrator.  They are active on several continents, and wanted lavishly colorful art to reflect their broad outreach.  They also wanted a style with child appeal, even though the art was used on materials meant not only for adults, but primarily for scientists.  They paid well, their deadlines were reasonable, and they were easy to work with.

The program ended, as expected, several years ago.

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A good week to all!

D Yael Bernhard
Author / Illustrator of
LOVE ISNew! – a unique crossover book for all ages
THE LIFE OF AN OLIVENew!! Explore the life of a 2000-year-old olive tree
JUST LIKE ME, CLIMBING A TREE: Exploring Trees Around the World
NEVER SAY A MEAN WORD AGAIN – A Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review;
winner of the Sydney Taylor Award and National Jewish Book Council Award
THE DREIDEL THAT WOULDN’T SPIN – A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING – A Children’s Book Council Notable Book
A RIDE ON MOTHER’S BACK – An American Bookseller Assoc. Pick of the List
– and more!
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