Small-scale gari processing in Nigeria. Photo G.Thiele/RTB

Nigeria’s gari revolution: improving efficiency and equity of a staple food

Oct 20, 2016 Holly Holmes

Gari is a staple food for millions of West Africans, particularly in Nigeria where its production exceeds 9 million tons a year, and employs hundreds of thousands of people – especially women and children. Made from cassava, gari is a creamy-white granular flour with a slightly sour taste that is most commonly eaten either by […]

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Rachel (center front) presents her findings during the APA conference

Nutritious orange-fleshed sweetpotato snack can reduce waste, increase incomes

Oct 19, 2016 Holly Holmes

The 10th Triennial African Potato Association Conference (October 9 – 13, 2016) brought together over 200 researchers, development practitioners, policy makers and more to exchange knowledge and experiences from their work with potato and sweetpotato – including young African scientists and innovative farmers who received scholarships to attend the event. Through its sponsorship of the conference, […]

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Recognizing the work of RTB’s gender researchers

Oct 17, 2016 Holly Holmes

Two gender researchers from the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, Drs. Bhawana Upadhyay and Nozomi Kawarazuka, have been recognized as part of CGIAR’s ongoing campaign to feature profiles of the #womeninscience who work on gender. RECOGNIZING WOMEN IN SCIENCE: PART II by CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network on Exposure

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A farmer in East Africa. Photo: N.Palmer/CIAT

CGIAR announces approval of next phase of Research Programs

Sep 28, 2016 Holly Holmes

CGIAR has announced today in a press release the approval of a new, targeted research portfolio to boost poor farmer incomes, food availability and resilience in the face of climate change in developing countries. Upon the recommendation of the System Management Board, the CGIAR System Council carefully reviewed and approved a strong set of 11 […]

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RTB Impact Assessment team take stock of progress and plan for Phase II

Sep 26, 2016 Holly Holmes

Assessing the impact of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas’ (RTB) research and development initiatives is a core part of the program’s work. To take stock of progress on RTB’s impact assessment studies currently underway and identify upcoming opportunities for the program’s second phase, RTB’s Impact Assessment team came together in Boston […]

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RTB in the Media

Uganda: Search for Ways to Improve Cassava Shelf Life

Oct 5, 2016 Holly Holmes

Millions of Uganda rely on cassava not only for food security but as a means of livelihood. However, an issue of concern is its shelf life. To address this, a research is being conducted on technologies to enable longer storage of cassava as well as the economic feasibility. Known as RTB-Endure, the project is implemented […]

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Stakeholders combat banana bunchy top disease

Oct 5, 2016 Holly Holmes

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has intensified efforts aimed at preventing the further spread of Banana Bunchy Top Disease, that is debilitating banana production in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease, first discovered in Nigeria, in Odologun community, in Yewa South council area in 2012 by IITA in collaboration with University of Ibadan and Nigerian […]

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Nigeria: $11.6m for Sustainable Cassava Seed System

May 2, 2016 Holly Holmes

A four-year $11.6m project ending 2019 to develop a commercially sustainable cassava seed value chain in Nigeria, was recently launched at the headquarters of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Titled ‘Building Sustainable, Integrated Seed System for Cassava in Nigeria’ the project funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is led […]

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