RTB Symposium at International Conference on Global Food Security to address the challenges of scaling agricultural innovations

Nov 28, 2017 RTB

Whereas private companies have successfully rolled out new technologies in less-developed countries, innovations developed by research centers to help smallholders improve their food security and incomes often reach only a fraction of the people they were created to help. As the stakes for agricultural research for development rise in an increasingly warm and crowded world, […]

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Bad news for Fusarium wilt: “Breeding Better Bananas” means business

Nov 23, 2017 RTB

Hi pests and diseases, it’s your nasty cousin Fusarium. I’ve got an update for you from banana fields and scientists’ labs in Arusha, Tanzania. Its rather mixed news, I am afraid, as the humans seem to be making some progress. First, some good news. Coffee prices and profits are down so many farmers are interested […]

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RTB scientists at the forefront of developing technologies to help farmers cope with climate change

Nov 15, 2017 RTB

  As government representatives negotiate ways to strengthen the international response to global warming at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP23, in Bonn, Germany, scientists around the world are working on technologies to help farmers produce food and generate income in a warming world. The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) […]

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Sweetpotato puree makes nutritious, inexpensive bread while creating a new market for farmers

Oct 31, 2017 RTB

  By Michael Friedmann, RTB Science Officer At the Organi Ltd factory, in Western Province, Kenya, a grinder was churning out ribbons of an orangey puree, which workers quickly wrapped and sealed in plastic bags under vacuum.  I was tempted to stick my finger in and grab some, as it looked quite tasty, but we […]

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Six steps to speed up climate-smart breeding in roots, tubers and bananas

Nov 11, 2017 RTB

Research centers and their partners have made good progress toward harnessing the potential of roots, tubers and bananas to improve food security, nutrition and smallholder incomes, but scientists are concerned that impacts of climate change could undercut many of those gains in the coming years. In response to this threat, a team of scientists working […]

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RTB in the Media

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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BASICS targets sustainable seed system to transform cassava production

Apr 12, 2017 RTB

Stakeholders in the seed sector have been advised on the need to work towards a sustainable seed system in Nigeria. Project Director, Building an Economically Sustainable Integrated Cassava Seed System (BASICS), Hemant Nitturkar, who made the call at a national stakeholder conference on cassava seed system, held at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), […]

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