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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The passing of Dr. Gelia T. Castillo, social scientist and first woman to join CIP Board of Trustees

Aug 9, 2017 RTB

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Gelia T. Castillo on Saturday 5 August. Dr. Castillo was an eminent rural sociologist at the University of the Philippines and a pioneer at our lead center, the International Potato Center (CIP), as the first woman to join the center’s Board of […]

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Skilled youth hold the key to the future of farming

Jul 14, 2017 RTB

Youth unemployment is a critical issue, with an estimated 73.4 million young people unemployed globally in 2015, according to a recent publication of the International Labor Organization (ILO). This rate of 13.1% was further predicted to rise in most regions by 2017. Skills and jobs for youth feature prominently in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable […]

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New website and webinar: CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative

Jul 13, 2017 RTB

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new website for the CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative. The Initiative brings together plant and animal breeders and social scientists to develop a strategy for gender-responsive breeding with supporting methods, tools and practices. The Initiative includes experts from across CGIAR centers and Research Programs, is coordinated […]

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Engaging youth in agriculture: A strategy for RTB

Jul 12, 2017 RTB

“In many developing countries, the labor market has left a high proportion of young people out of employment and unable to sustain their livelihoods,” explains Dr. Netsayi Mudege, leader of the ‘Gender equity and youth employment’ research cluster (CC5.3) of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB). “Under such conditions, agriculture related […]

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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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