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Going global: How one woman in Uganda is taking cooking banana to the international market

Jun 21, 2016 Web Master

This is the third installment in a series of in-depth blogs investigating the ways in which the RTB-ENDURE project is strengthening the value chains for root, tuber and banana crops in Uganda. Through firsthand accounts from the farmers, traders and scientists at the heart of the project we get an inside look in to the […]

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Building blocks of life: The role of planting material in the cooking banana value chain in Uganda

Jun 14, 2016 Web Master

This is the second installment in a series of in-depth blogs investigating the ways in which the RTB-ENDURE project is strengthening the value chains for root, tuber and banana crops in Uganda. Through firsthand accounts from the farmers, traders and scientists at the heart of the project we get an inside look in to the […]

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Understanding potato seed degeneration to increase yields in Ecuador

Jun 10, 2016 Holly Holmes

The resilience of potato production systems in Andean countries heavily depends on seed quality. Under local conditions in Ecuador, the variation in seed quality has been estimated to account for 30% of variation in attainable potato yield. This is critical for the country’s estimated 85,000 potato farmers, of which around 75% are small-scale producers. Farmers’ […]

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Transforming the value chain – one cooking banana at a time

Jun 7, 2016 Web Master

This is the first installment in a series of in-depth blogs investigating the ways in which the RTB-ENDURE project is strengthening the value chains for root, tuber and banana crops in Uganda. Through firsthand accounts from the farmers, traders and scientists at the heart of the project we get an inside look in to the […]

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Graham Thiele, Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers & Bananas being interviewed at GCARD3

Leave no one behind: Reflections on RTB’s participations at GCARD3

May 3, 2016 Holly Holmes

Sara Quinn, Regional Communications Specialist, International Potato Center What does it mean to ‘leave no one behind’ in the world of agricultural research for development? This was the question on the minds of those of us that represented the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) at the Third Global Conference on Agriculture for […]

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Nigeria: $11.6m for Sustainable Cassava Seed System

May 2, 2016 Holly Holmes

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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New Project To Build Commercially Sustainable Cassava Seed System In Nigeria

May 1, 2016 Holly Holmes

A four-year project (2015 – 2019) to develop a commercially sustainable cassava seed value chain in Nigeria, was officially launched Monday 18 April at a public event at the headquarters of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Titled ‘Building a Sustainable, Integrated Seed System for Cassava in Nigeria’ (BASICS), the $USD11.6 […]

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Uganda: High post harvest losses in cooking bananas

Apr 13, 2016 Holly Holmes

Cooking banana is the main staple crop in Uganda produced mostly by smallholders for food and income. However, the cooking banana value chain players face risks of high postharvest losses due to the short green life of bananas and damage arising from poor handling of the produce after it is harvested, leading to high physical […]

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