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Participants at the Systems Marketplace event. Photo by O.Abioye/IITA

What can CGIAR’s new research programs learn from systems approaches?

Nov 29, 2016 Holly Holmes

Graham Thiele, RTB Program Director, shares his insights and reflections from the Systems Research Maketplace event, which took place earlier this month.  As we prepare for the second phase of CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) in 2017, this is an opportune time to reflect on, and learn from, the approaches our programs have taken during their […]

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Dr. Eldad Karamura, Bioversity International Regional Representative for Eastern and Southern Africa, welcomes President Museveni to the first Banana Farmers Day in Bushenyi, Uganda. Photo: J.Turyatemba/Bioversirt

Uganda President Museveni officiates at Bioversity International Banana Farmers Day

Nov 17, 2016 Holly Holmes

Story by Joshua Turyatemba for Bioversity International Banana is one of the most important sources of food and income in Uganda. People consume on average 7 bananas per day and the local word for bananas – matooke – means food. Last Friday 11 November 2016, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni officiated at the first Banana Farmers’ […]

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Gender analysis provides new insights into CIP’s work with indigenous farmers in the Andes

Nov 3, 2016 RTB

  An important component of CIP’s research for development has been to help smallholder farmers gain access to new, more profitable markets. An example of this strategy’s potential is the Papa Andina Initiative, which promoted innovation processes in potato market chains in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru from 2000 to 2011. Through Papa Andina, CIP and […]

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A typical banana and plantain market at Ikire in Osun State, Nigeria. Banana and plantain are staple foods for food security. Photo by Adebayo/IITA.

RTB partners, CIP and IITA, awarded prize for efforts in improving food and nutrition security

Oct 28, 2016 Holly Holmes

Two partner centers of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), the International Potato Center (CIP) and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have been jointly awarded the 2016 Al-Sumait Food Security Prize for their contributions toward reducing poverty and improving food and nutrition security through crops including roots, tubers and […]

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Schematic of the sweetpotato seed system. Courtesy SPHI

Early Generation Sweetpotato Seed Production: Can public sector and national agricultural research institutes shift to a business orientation?

Oct 28, 2016 Holly Holmes

In this blog Margaret McEwan, Senior Project Manager with the International Potato Center (CIP), shares her insights and reflections from discussions during the 7th annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which took place from 7-8 October 2016. During this year’s annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) meeting in […]

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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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