“The New Breed — Training the Next Generation of African Plant Breeders, in Africa” has been nominated for the 2018 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding. The shortlist of the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding 2018 will be announced on Tuesday 11 September. The shortlisted writers will be invited to speak at a public event on Monday 29 October to discuss their work and debate the books that have advanced our cultural understanding of the world. This is followed by the announcement of the winner at an early evening ceremony at the British Academy on Tuesday 30 October. Worth £25,000, the Prize is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to global cultural understanding that illuminates the interconnections and divisions that shape cultural identity worldwide. The Prize was founded and is generously sponsored by the international relations scholar Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan. It was first awarded in 2013. To be eligible for entry, books must be works of non-fiction published in English in the two years since 1 March 2016. The jury will be looking for books that are rigorous and evidence-based, that demonstrate original research and that can have significantly contributed to public understanding and debate. Authors may be of any nationality, based anywhere in the world and working in any language provided that the nominated work is available in the English language. The 2018 jury is chaired by Professor Ash Amin CBE FBA, the Foreign Secretary of the British Academy. He is joined by: historian and political scientist Rana Mitter FBA; social anthropologist Dame Henrietta Moore DBE FBA; writer and broadcaster Professor Patrick Wright FBA and writer Madeleine Bunting.