Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, visits CIP’s Headquarters

Sep 20, 2017 RTB

The International Potato Center, the lead center of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), was honored to host Her Royal Highness Anne, Princess Royal at the center’s headquarters on Saturday, 16 September. The Princess Royal toured the world’s largest in vitro potato genebank which also houses one of the largest plant […]

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Revolutionary mobile app for monitoring crop pests and diseases

Sep 19, 2017 RTB

Just as the late blight epidemic wiped out potato fields in Ireland in the 19th century, crop pests and diseases still have devastating effects on smallholder farmers today – with scenarios projected to worsen under climate change. Cassava brown streak disease is spreading westward across the African continent, and together with cassava mosaic disease, threatens […]

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Breeding biofortified potatoes to relieve micronutrient malnutrition

Sep 14, 2017 RTB

Scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP) are developing potatoes with high micronutrient content as part of a broader effort to address micronutrient deficiencies, which disproportionately affect the health of rural women and children. Those efforts have resulted in new potato breeding populations of nutrient-dense candidate varieties with up to 32–45 parts per million (ppm) […]

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Farmer field trials as ‘musical’ hubs for knowledge exchange and cooperation

Aug 28, 2017 RTB

Blog contributed by Bela Teeken, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). One of the propositions of my thesis was: If performing a scientific field trial together with farmers bears more resemblance to the performance of a good piece of music than one would think possible, it can be a good way to […]

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RTB 2016 Annual Report: Research for Innovation and Impact

Aug 21, 2017 RTB

We are pleased to share the 2016 Annual Report from the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, entitled ‘Research for Innovation and Impact’. We invite you the explore the report as an interactive website where you can also download the PDF. 2016 brought continued successes for our program. We saw major scientific breakthroughs […]

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RTB in the Media

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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Uganda: Search for Ways to Improve Cassava Shelf Life

Oct 5, 2016 RTB

Millions of Uganda rely on cassava not only for food security but as a means of livelihood. However, an issue of concern is its shelf life. To address this, a research is being conducted on technologies to enable longer storage of cassava as well as the economic feasibility. Known as RTB-Endure, the project is implemented […]

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