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Graham Thiele, Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers & Bananas being interviewed at GCARD3

Leave no one behind: Reflections on RTB’s participations at GCARD3

May 3, 2016 Holly Holmes

Sara Quinn, Regional Communications Specialist, International Potato Center What does it mean to ‘leave no one behind’ in the world of agricultural research for development? This was the question on the minds of those of us that represented the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) at the Third Global Conference on Agriculture for […]

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A researcher checks on the health status of banana seedlings in a screenhouse. Photo by IITA

Banana research in Africa: modern breeding techniques, regulatory and biosafety issues

Apr 27, 2016 Holly Holmes

Registration is now open for an advanced course ‘Banana research in Africa: modern breeding techniques, regulatory and biosafety issues‘ from 19 – 30 September 2016, organized by International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO–VIB/UGent) in collaboration with KULeuven and NARO, and hosted by NARO-Kawanda in Uganda. Aimed at Africans engaged in banana improvement programs including scientists, regulators and lawyers, the course will provide training in […]

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New project to build commercially sustainable cassava seed system in Nigeria

Apr 22, 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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Gender, breeding and genomics workshop – Open call for case studies

Apr 20, 2016 Holly Holmes

You are invited to submit an abstract for a case study of plant or animal breeding that has successfully incorporated gender considerations into its strategies and end products, demonstrating attention to contrasting needs and preferences of men and women end users (producers or consumers) by May 15, 2016.  A small number of case study authors will […]

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A young woman sells root and tuber crops at a roadside market in Kampala, Uganda. Photo S.Quinn/RTB

Linkages between staple crops research and poverty outcomes

Apr 11, 2016 Holly Holmes

The Independent Science and Partnership Council’s (ISPC) Science Forum 2016 from 12 – 14 April in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will focus on the contribution of agriculture to reducing poverty under the topic: “Agricultural research for rural prosperity: rethinking the pathways”. Co-hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the forum will rethink the pathways […]

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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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