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Opportunities for improvements in small scale gari processing in Nigeria

Aug 19, 2015 Myriam Vitovec

A photo report about the visit to the Ajegunle cassava processing site in Oyo town by Graham Thiele Processing cassava provides a lot of employment and adds value especially for women and youth. The CGIAR Research Program on Root and Tuber Crops (RTB) has a dedicated cluster on this in its new program structure. In […]

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Cornell PhD student Paula Iragaba (fifth from the left) and her colleague (first from the left) together with adult women cassava farmers after a focus group discussion in the Arua district.

Incorporating Women’s Needs and Preferences into RTB Breeding

Aug 6, 2015 Myriam Vitovec

There have been many cases in which improved crop varieties released by national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES) were poorly received by farmers because they lacked the flavor or another trait that farmers or consumers wanted. To ensure high adoption rates for the varieties they develop, breeding programs usually survey farmers about the traits […]

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Cover illustration of the manual by Peruvian artist Josué Sanchez

Strong new gender focus in revised manual on participatory varietal selection

Jul 23, 2015 Myriam Vitovec

Thanks to support from RTB, a CIP training manual on participatory varietal selection (PVS) has been improved by adding gender-sensitive elements at each step of the selection process. The manual, now entitled How to Conduct Participatory Varietal Selection in Potato: A Gender Responsive User Guide was revised in 2014 and will support training of trainers […]

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New website launched for the RTB-ENDURE project

Jul 7, 2015 Myriam Vitovec

In Sub-Saharan Africa, root, tuber and banana crops are characterized by high postharvest losses, short marketing channels and limited value adding due to their bulkiness and high perishability, poor postharvest management and lack of storage and processing facilities. The RTB-ENDURE project is addressing these constraints by validating innovations for improved postharvest management, expanded processing and targeting changing […]

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Yuca colombiana, modelo de interés para Uganda

Jun 12, 2015 Gonzalo Mejia

Representantes del Instituto Internacional de Reconstrucción Rural (IIRR, por sus siglas en inglés) y los Laboratorios Nacionales de Investigación Agrícola Kawanda (NARL, por sus siglas en inglés), de Uganda, acompañados de funcionarios del Instituto Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (IITA), visitaron el campus del CIAT entre el 2 y el 9 de junio.

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RTB in the Media

The potential of cassava in the “new” economy of Nigeria

Jul 1, 2015 Myriam Vitovec

Facing declining oil prices, the Nigerian government has reached out to identify new sources of income and explore new markets. Investments in agriculture look promising. Many local industries depend heavily on cassava and Nigeria is the biggest cassava grower in the world. However, cassava yields are comparatively low. The Economist, in a recent special article […]

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Uganda selected as focus for project on root crops, bananas

Feb 4, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Uganda is hosting a $4m (Shs11.4b) project that will expand the utilisation of roots, tubers and bananas and reduce their post harvest losses. The three-year European Union (EU) funded project is implemented by the CGIAR Research Programme on Roots, Tubers and Bananas. It focus on cassava, bananas, sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes. Publishing date: 2015-02-04 […]

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Project seeks to add value to roots, tubers and bananas

Jan 19, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Researchers are implementing a new project to explore increased use of roots, tubers and bananas (RTBs) and technologies to reduce their postharvest losses in Uganda. A workshop to highlight the research activities to be undertaken was organised last month (1-3 December) in Ntinda, Uganda. The European Union is funding the US$4 million, three-year project that […]

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