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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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What the success of orange-fleshed sweetpotato can teach us

Sep 22, 2016 Holly Holmes

By Graham Thiele, Program Director, CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas This has been a big year for RTB’s lead center, the International Potato Center (CIP), with three of the center’s scientists winning the World Food Prize (WFP) for their work on the biofortification and scaling of vitamin A rich orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP), […]

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Sample plan for energy efficient flash dryer for cassava. Credit: Francisco Javier Giraldo Cuero (Univalle), Arnaud Chapuis (CIRAD), Martin Alonso Moreno Santander (Univalle), Dominque Dufour (CIAT, CIRAD), Thierry Tran (CIRAD).

Improving cassava processing: less energy, higher efficiency and more stable prices

Sep 19, 2016 Holly Holmes

From the RTB 2015 Annual Report Much of the cassava grown in developing countries is processed to produce starch or flour used as ingredients in an array of food products. As demand for those products grows, the cassava processing industry will play an increasingly important role for farmers and local economies. The CGIAR Research Program on […]

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Farmers harvesting Qingshu 9 potato in China. Photo K.Xie/CIP

Improved potato variety ‘Qingshu 9’ a success story in China and beyond

Sep 12, 2016 Holly Holmes

From the RTB 2015 Annual Report In their efforts to improve the food security and livelihoods of farmers around the world, potato breeders at the International Potato Center (CIP) strive to develop marketable, resilient varieties with resistance to viruses and late blight that can be grown in an array of environments. An excellent example of the […]

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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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