Improving nutrition, incomes and employment through post-harvest innovations

Jun 22, 2017 RTB

“Post-harvest innovations can make important contributions to addressing the global challenge of malnutrition,” begins Busie Maziya-Dixon, leader of RTB’s cluster on Post-Harvest Innovation (CC4.1) and Food and Nutrition Scientist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). “In collaboration with other flagships, the goal of our research is to contribute to improving diets and income […]

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New CGIAR Initiative to make plant and animal breeding more gender responsive

Jun 12, 2017 RTB

The CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative brings together plant and animal breeders and social scientists to develop a strategy for gender-responsive breeding with supporting methods, tools and practices.  For plant and animal breeders to ensure that they meet the needs of users’, they need to understand the priorities that women and men assign to genetically […]

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FoodSTART+ brings together partners for progress review & planning

May 29, 2017 RTB

Partners and stakeholders from the different country sites of Food Resilience Through Root and Tuber Crops in Upland and Coastal Communities of the Asia-Pacific (FoodSTART+) converged in Hanoi, Vietnam, for the project’s 2nd Partner’s Meeting from 8 to 10 May 2017. The three-year project, which began in 2015, aims to enhance food resilience among poor […]

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Enhancing the genetic resources of roots, tubers & bananas

May 22, 2017 RTB

Flagship Project 1 (FP1) ‘Enhanced genetic resources‘, will make use of plant biology, structural and quantitative genetics – or the study of genes that dictate a plant’s architecture, tolerance to pests or other stresses and many other traits – and other disciplines to help enhance crops’ hardiness, architecture or nutritional profile. Biofortification – enhancing crops’ […]

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Improved crop varieties & quality seed boost yields & income for smallholders

May 19, 2017 RTB

The dual focus of Flagship Project 2 (FP2) includes using innovative methods to develop varieties of roots, tubers and bananas exhibiting desirable traits and on making available to farmers an array of high-quality planting materials of these crops. The team behind this flagship is using new methods to speed up the development of varieties which […]

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RTB in the Media

Uganda: Search for Ways to Improve Cassava Shelf Life

Oct 5, 2016 RTB

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 RTB

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 RTB

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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