From Knowledge to Income – Martha Lawrance is recognised as a leading sweetpotato vine multiplier

Nov 11, 2019 rtbcomms

Martha Lawrance is a 49-year-old woman from the Chogsia, Wa West District of the Upper West Region in Ghana. She and her husband have four children with the youngest being under five years of age. Three years ago, Martha was introduced to orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) through women groups programs that worked with a local NGO, […]

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Guardians of the Native Potato: 5th Annual Assembly of AGUAPAN

Nov 5, 2019 rtbcomms

Indigenous farmers from the central Peruvian Andes gathered in Paucará, Huancavelica for the 5th Annual Assembly of AGUAPAN (Association of Guardians of the Native Potato). AGUAPAN is a farmer-led association with members from five regions: Huánuco, Huancavelica, Junín, Pasco, and Lima. “Since the start of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, the […]

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Making an Impact: 2018 Annual Report

Oct 29, 2019 rtbcomms

We excited to share our 2018 Annual Report entitled ‘Making an Impact’. We invite you to explore the report website, where you can also download the PDF. We have also created a recap video this year. In 2018 we saw the positive results of restructuring for Phase II of the CRPs. Our flagship projects provided […]

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Study sheds new light on roles of women and men on RTB farms

Oct 14, 2019 rtbcomms

Results from a household survey of farmers in Rwanda and Burundi challenge our stereotypes about how women and men engage in growing roots, tubers and bananas. In male-headed households, decision-making and labor-provision were most of the time joint efforts by men and women, while in female-headed households, men made most of the decisions and supplied […]

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Scientists show which genetic loci is associated with bunch weight in highland banana

Oct 1, 2019 rtbcomms

Scientists have, for the first time, located the position of major quantitative trait loci associated with bunch weight and its component traits in Matooke, the East African Highland cooking banana. This is an important breakthrough in efforts to speed up the breeding of improved high-yielding varieties for both food security and improved household incomes in […]

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RTB in the Media

Lowly camote to save the day – for food security and climate-change resiliency

Nov 4, 2019 rtbcomms

Camote (sweet potato) chips, anyone?  How about camote cue, or the simple boiled camote?  Did you know there is more to the lowly sweet potato than your favorite merienda (snack) food? Among other high-value crops, camote, and other root and tuber crops are now being considered for development by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to prop up […]

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Africa and Asia will propel the world’s population towards 10 billion – but are their food systems ready?

Aug 7, 2019 rtbcomms

Improving access to other key inputs like water and fertilizer, as well as wider technical services such as agricultural machinery, would help to boost resources, but change needs to happen fast Talk of the global population reaching 10 billion by 2050 has been around for some time. Yet, this statistic actually hides the real source of this […]

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FoodSTART+ featured in the latest iMPACT magazine issue

Apr 22, 2019 rtbcomms

FoodSTART+ Principal Investigator, Diego Naziri, and CIAT Market Access Specialist, Brice Even shared how the partnership between grant projects and investment projects can facilitate taking innovations to scale. From the experience of FoodSTART+, the success of the project highly depends on the outcome of the partnership with investment projects — who are the primary drivers […]

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