Exploring banana diversity with the enhanced Musa germplasm information system

Mar 26, 2015 Veronique Durroux

The Musa Germplasm Information System (MGIS), the most extensive source of documentation on banana genetic resources, is now available on a new, improved online platform. “The evolution of the website since it was made available in 2003 was mostly conducted by Bioversity staff based in Montpellier, France,” explained Max Ruas, the data manager. “However, nothing […]

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Alliance reviews pilot control strategies for banana bunchy top disease in Africa

Mar 25, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Members of the Alliance for Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD) Control in Africa met at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria from 9-14 March, to share progress made during the first year of pilot site implementation in eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa and to develop follow-up action. The meeting was attended by […]

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Getting the big picture with results-based management and participatory planning

Mar 23, 2015 Veronique Durroux

We all have a theory of change. Indeed, when we have a big goal to achieve, we think of what we should contribute to change, with who we may team up and which strategy we may use to make it happen. The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) is making its theories […]

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Impact Network Analysis and Potato Seed Systems: The CONPAPA case in Ecuador

Feb 27, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Potato Seed Systems are made up of multiple levels of interactions among seed producers, farmers, private companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations. These network systems are complex and involve not only biological and agro-ecological components (seed production, farm practices, pest and diseases associated with the crop) but also social and economic components. Impact Network Analysis (INA) […]

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RTB-NextGen Cassava project organizes gender research workshop in Nigeria in preparation for Phase II

Feb 13, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Partners in the NEXTGEN Cassava Project and the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) were in Ibadan, Nigeria on 29-31 January to review the work already done in gender research and to discuss preliminary findings on gender roles in cassava production and selection of cassava variety preferences. These were based on results […]

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RTB in the Media

Uganda selected as focus for project on root crops, bananas

Feb 4, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Uganda is hosting a $4m (Shs11.4b) project that will expand the utilisation of roots, tubers and bananas and reduce their post harvest losses. The three-year European Union (EU) funded project is implemented by the CGIAR Research Programme on Roots, Tubers and Bananas. It focus on cassava, bananas, sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes. Publishing date: 2015-02-04 […]

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Project seeks to add value to roots, tubers and bananas

Jan 19, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Researchers are implementing a new project to explore increased use of roots, tubers and bananas (RTBs) and technologies to reduce their postharvest losses in Uganda. A workshop to highlight the research activities to be undertaken was organised last month (1-3 December) in Ntinda, Uganda. The European Union is funding the US$4 million, three-year project that […]

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Scientists embark on fighting deadly banana disease

Jan 14, 2015 Veronique Durroux

A group of scientists has embarked on a strategy to prevent the spread of a deadly banana fungal disease following an outbreak in Mozambique. Tropical race 4 (TR4), a strain of the fungus Fusarium oxysporum, and responsible for a deadly banana wilt disease, was detected last year on a 1,500-hectare farm in Mozambique that grows […]

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