New manuals show how to extend shelf-life of cassava roots to increase incomes & food security

Apr 24, 2017 RTB

Cassava is a key source of food and income in many developing countries in Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, it is a major staple providing over 20% of calorific requirements and constituting nearly two-thirds of per capita food production. However, one of the major challenges facing cassava is the rapid postharvest physiological deterioration of fresh roots […]

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Spotlight on scaling agricultural technologies

Apr 19, 2017 RTB

The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) has ambitious targets to improve the lives of millions of men and women who depend on root, tuber and banana crops by 2022. Achieving those targets means focusing on the most promising technologies and innovations. And it means linking these innovations with the tools and […]

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The nuts and bolts of collaborative research on roots, tubers and bananas: RTB Annual Meeting

Apr 18, 2017 RTB

As the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) kicks off Phase II, the team came together in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for an annual review and planning meeting from March 11 – 12. The meeting built on the momentum from the RTB World Café on Scalable Technologies which took place the day […]

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Expanding the horizons of biodiversity for sustainable food futures

Apr 7, 2017 RTB

The biodiversity of domesticated biota and food-supplying ecosystems holds unparalleled importance for breeding and crop and livestock improvement. This importance has fueled decades-long emphasis and debate on germplasm collections and in situ genetic resources. But the range of interest in agrobiodiversity is also expanding. Now a new article in the journal Nature Plants by Karl […]

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Economically sustainable seed businesses to transform cassava production in Nigeria

Apr 4, 2017 RTB

Seed sector professionals have said that businesses selling improved varieties and high quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African farmers significantly raise their productivity. This will mean more income from the same land, inputs and effort. The benefits of this raised productivity will be enjoyed by all the stakeholders across the value chain in […]

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RTB in the Media

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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Stakeholders combat banana bunchy top disease

Oct 5, 2016 RTB

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has intensified efforts aimed at preventing the further spread of Banana Bunchy Top Disease, that is debilitating banana production in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease, first discovered in Nigeria, in Odologun community, in Yewa South council area in 2012 by IITA in collaboration with University of Ibadan and Nigerian […]

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Nigeria: $11.6m for Sustainable Cassava Seed System

May 2, 2016 RTB

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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