Lima meetings gather RTB members with new Program Advisory Committee

Aug 18, 2014 Veronique Durroux

RTB’s new Program Advisory Committee (PAC) met in person for the first time last week in Lima, Peru, where the members were introduced to some key RTB staff. The meeting took place at the headquarters of the International Potato Center (CIP), the lead center for the CGIAR Research Program. The Program Management Unit (PMU) presented […]

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RTB GIS initiative promotes open data

Jul 21, 2014 Veronique Durroux

By Glenn Hyman – International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Far too often our research and development activities remain hidden in difficult-to-find places, limiting its potential to achieve impact. A group of seven professionals applying spatial analysis and geographic information systems (GIS) to roots, tubers and bananas (RTB) research is working to change that. They met […]

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RTB published 2013 Annual Report

Jul 16, 2014 Gonzalo Mejia

RTB proudly presents its 2013 Annual Report, Expanding Collaboration, Catalyzing Innovation. The report shows how the CGIAR Research Program grew during its second year, and documents the progress that the RTB centers and their partners made toward improving food security and livelihoods in some of the world’s poorest regions. Download a PDF of the report […]

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Forging the impact pathway to better potato harvests in Africa

Jul 14, 2014 Veronique Durroux

A common goal of RTB and the International Potato Center (CIP) is to increase potato productivity by improving farmer access to quality seed potato. To enhance the effectiveness and value of investments in seed system initiatives in East Africa, representatives of RTB, CIP and local partners met in Nairobi, Kenya last month to develop a […]

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A typical local market of cocoyams in Nigeria

Cocoyam’s potential for nutrition and income still to be tapped

Jun 26, 2014 Veronique Durroux

Cocoyam, a generic term for both Xanthosoma and Colocasia, is a traditional staple root crop in many developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Despite its nutritional qualities and its importance to the livelihoods of many smallholder farmers, this crop has received little attention in research. To tap into it potential, RTB has recently […]

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RTB in the Media

Nigeria, Others to Save $4.63bn Annually by Adopting Cassava Feed

Feb 26, 2014 Veronique Durroux

The use of cassava-based feeds for farm animals in Nigeria and other countries in Africa will bring several benefits, including a reduction of maize imports mostly used as feeds for livestock, according to the Country Representative for the Ibadan based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Dr Iheanacho Okike. Publisher: Publishing date: 2014-02-25 Read article

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New process ‘could develop biofortified cassava faster’

Dec 11, 2013 Veronique Durroux

[NAIROBI] Cassava could be bred on a large scale to contain high contents of vitamin A using a new process — called rapid cycling — that shortens the usual period from eight to only three years, according to a study. The researchers say more than 70 million people in developing countries depend on cassava as a source […]

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IITA Moves to Position Cassava as Major Source of Animal Feed

Nov 5, 2013 Veronique Durroux

Top international researchers will meet with decision makers, business people, and other stakeholders working in the Nigerian cassava sector in the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Oyo State. The meeting aims to draw a roadmap for a cassava-based animal feed system that will highlight action plans for adding value to the cassava […]

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