Impact Network Analysis and Potato Seed Systems: The CONPAPA case in Ecuador

Feb 27, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Potato Seed Systems are made up of multiple levels of interactions among seed producers, farmers, private companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations. These network systems are complex and involve not only biological and agro-ecological components (seed production, farm practices, pest and diseases associated with the crop) but also social and economic components. Impact Network Analysis (INA) […]

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RTB-NextGen Cassava project organizes gender research workshop in Nigeria in preparation for Phase II

Feb 13, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Partners in the NEXTGEN Cassava Project and the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) were in Ibadan, Nigeria on 29-31 January to review the work already done in gender research and to discuss preliminary findings on gender roles in cassava production and selection of cassava variety preferences. These were based on results […]

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The effectiveness of knowledge sharing: The case of ProMusa, a global knowledge platform on banana

Feb 12, 2015 Veronique Durroux

ProMusa is a knowledge-sharing platform on bananas managed by Bioversity International through funding from the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas. It brings together scientists and other stakeholders working on banana, with the ultimate goal of helping banana farmers make a better living and ensuring that bananas – in all their diversity – […]

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Lukas Mueller: Ace of Bases

Jan 29, 2015 Veronique Durroux

By Patricia Waldron Yam farmers in Africa may soon benefit from a large collection of genetic information contributed by local breeders and researchers but compiled half a world away. Associate Professor Lukas Mueller will soon add Yambase to the list of genomic databases he leads. Yams play an important role, both culturally and nutritionally, in […]

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Addressing postharvest losses in cassava value chains

Jan 15, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Postharvest losses are an important challenge in developing countries, and the RTB Research Program has included the issue in its research agenda for improving food security and income-generating activities. Diego Naziri, a scientist seconded by the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) to the International Potato Center (CIP), works on the RTB team dedicated to promoting postharvest technologies, […]

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RTB in the Media

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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Scientists embark on fighting deadly banana disease

Jan 14, 2015 Veronique Durroux

A group of scientists has embarked on a strategy to prevent the spread of a deadly banana fungal disease following an outbreak in Mozambique. Tropical race 4 (TR4), a strain of the fungus Fusarium oxysporum, and responsible for a deadly banana wilt disease, was detected last year on a 1,500-hectare farm in Mozambique that grows […]

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