The Breadfruit Institute at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii was founded in 2003. The mission of the Breadfruit Institute is to promote the conservation and use of breadfruit for food and reforestation. The Institute is taking a leading role in the conservation of breadfruit diversity and ethnobotanical research documenting traditional uses and cultural practices involving breadfruit.
The Breadfruit Institute is headed by Diane Ragone, PhD.
The Institute manages the largest and most extensive breadfruit collection in the world. The collection contains more than 120 varieties from throughout the Pacific region, the Seychelles, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The Breadfruit Institute is actively involved in programs to study and conserve breadfruit diversity.
The Breadfruit Institute is engaged in an initiative to respond to critical global food security issues by expanding plantings of good quality breadfruit varieties in tropical regions. It is developing partnerships to make breadfruit varieties available as a viable sustainable resource for agriculture, agroforestry, and reforestation.