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Root, tuber and banana breeding in Africa shows wide-scale adoption of improved varieties

Aug 24, 2016 Holly Holmes

Crop breeding and the dissemination of improved varieties has been a cornerstone of research for development in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) for decades, and scientists from the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) contributed to research on the impact of this work which is featured in the book Crop Improvement, Adoption, and Impact […]

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Sweetpotato Discovery: How staff are collaborating to create health for pigs and wealth for farmers in Uganda

Aug 16, 2016 RTB

This is the latest in our series of in-depth blogs investigating the ways in which the RTB-ENDURE project is strengthening the value chains for root, tuber and banana crops in Uganda. This edition focuses on the strong partnerships and collaborative efforts of a wide variety of actors who are working together to create health for pigs […]

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Vine Value: Developing a business case for sweetpotato silage for pigs

Aug 9, 2016 RTB

This is the latest in our series of in-depth blogs investigating the ways in which the RTB-ENDURE project is strengthening the value chains for root, tuber and banana crops in Uganda. This edition focuses on efforts to develop a business case to help create a model for proper organization of sweetpotato silage production, conservation, marketing and […]

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Sweetpotato: for happy, healthy pigs

Aug 3, 2016 RTB

This series of in-depth blogs investigates the ways in which the RTB-ENDURE project is strengthening the value chains for root, tuber and banana crops in Uganda. This edition explores the potential of sweetpotato silage for pig feed to provide livelihoods and lessen the constraint of livestock feed shortages for smallholder farmers in the country. Through […]

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Women produce gari in Nigeria. Photo courtesy of AgroInsight

Listening to what women don’t say

Jul 27, 2016 Holly Holmes

The field work mentioned in this blog was part of the IITA led Cassava Monitoring Survey project, funded by institutions including the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tuber and Bananas. Read the full results of the survey in the Cassava Monitoring Survey report.  By Jeff Bentley for AgroInsight. What women don’t say can be as important […]

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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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New Project To Build Commercially Sustainable Cassava Seed System In Nigeria

May 1, 2016 Holly Holmes

A four-year project (2015 – 2019) to develop a commercially sustainable cassava seed value chain in Nigeria, was officially launched Monday 18 April at a public event at the headquarters of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Titled ‘Building a Sustainable, Integrated Seed System for Cassava in Nigeria’ (BASICS), the $USD11.6 […]

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Uganda: High post harvest losses in cooking bananas

Apr 13, 2016 Holly Holmes

Cooking banana is the main staple crop in Uganda produced mostly by smallholders for food and income. However, the cooking banana value chain players face risks of high postharvest losses due to the short green life of bananas and damage arising from poor handling of the produce after it is harvested, leading to high physical […]

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