Award announced for best scientific paper on sweetpotato

May 22, 2018 RTB

For a second year, the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) has announced an award to recognize the best scientific paper published in 2017 on sweetpotato. Through a generous endowment established by Dr. Jan W. Low, a principle scientist at the International Potato Center (CIP) and a 2016 World Food Prize Laureate, a prize […]

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Excellence and Innovation in Sweetpotato: Communication for Change Award

May 18, 2018 RTB

The Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative has announced that the ‘Excellence and Innovation in Sweetpotato: Communication for Change Award’ will take place for a second year in 2018. The annual award was established last year with a generous endowment from Dr. Jan Low, a principle scientist at the International Potato Center and a recipient of the […]

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Scientists meet to tackle challenges facing root, tuber and banana seed systems

May 16, 2018 RTB

Have you ever wondered what the potatoes, cassava, bananas and sweetpotatoes you eat are grown from? While they are still called ‘seed’, they take the form of suckers, roots and tubers. This kind of planting material comes with quite a unique and complex set of challenges, in part stemming from their bulky and perishable form, […]

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15 Peruvian university students to attend World Potato Congress with RTB and CIP scholarship

May 11, 2018 RTB

The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), together with the International Potato Center (CIP), is delighted to announce the selection of 15 promising agricultural science students who have been awarded a scholarship to attend the upcoming 10th World Potato Congress in Cusco, Peru from 27 – 31 May 2018. The scholarship, co-funded […]

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Planning workshop prepares researchers to scale out agricultural innovations

May 10, 2018 RTB

Representatives of three teams whose proposals were successfully awarded funds from the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) Scaling Fund, along with program leadership and technical experts in scaling, came together in Nairobi, Kenya, in March. The aim of the workshop was to equip the teams with the tools and knowledge needed […]

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RTB in the Media

Tanzania: Banana Experts Meet to Discuss Hybrid Varieties

Apr 23, 2018 RTB

An international project whose goal is to boost banana production in Tanzania and Uganda brings together a team of international researchers to deliberate on delivery of hybrid varieties to farmers. The team will starting today to Friday gather at Arusha-based Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) to review their progress and plan […]

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New mobile app diagnoses crop diseases in the field and alerts rural farmers

Oct 16, 2017 RTB

Researchers who developed a new mobile application that uses artificial intelligence to accurately diagnose crop diseases in the field have won a $100,000 award to help expand their project to help millions of small-scale farmers across Africa. Cassava brown streak disease is spreading westward across the African continent and, together with cassava mosaic disease, threatens the food […]

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Saving the world – Nature editorial

May 12, 2017 RTB

A long and almost uncrossable distance separates fundamental plant research carried out predominantly in rich countries, and the production of better crops in the fields of poor farmers from developing regions. A unique network of international organizations involved in global agriculture helps bridge that chasm.  Continue reading on Nature Plants

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