ILAC pilot project on BXW DR Congo

ILAC pilots transdisciplinary research on Banana Xanthomonas Wilt in DR Congo

Nov 23, 2014 Veronique Durroux

The Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative, in partnership with Bioversity International and with funds from the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is working on a pilot transdisciplinary project in South Kivu, DR Congo aiming to control Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW), a disease that is devastating banana […]

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Suzana Garcia

KU Leuven PhD thesis highlights 3 “Bs”: Bananas, Belgium, and Brazil

Nov 6, 2014 Veronique Durroux

Brazil’s Suzana Garcia recently defended her PhD thesis in Bioscience Engineering at KU Leuven University on the study of ABA-responsive mechanisms in banana plants. Rony Swennen, an RTB scientist, was the first promoter of her work, with other Belgian professor S. Carpentier, Dr. Bart Panis and Brazil’s Dr. M.T. Souza Junior. “We reported for the […]

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Annual Meeting 2014

RTB annual planning and review meeting: Coming up as a team

Oct 31, 2014 Veronique Durroux

CGIAR research programs all share the challenge of having team members from different backgrounds and centers working in many countries. We have to show that we are up to the task that we are given – that of collectively making a difference in the lives of the poorest people in the world, millions of whom […]

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Graham Thiele

Gender Implications for Next Generation Breeding: Seminar by Graham Thiele at Cornell University

Oct 29, 2014 Veronique Durroux

Graham Thiele, RTB Director, visited Cornell University in October at the invitation of Hale Tufan, Project Manager for the NEXTGEN Cassava project. With contributions from Hale, Netsayi Mudege, gender research coordinator for RTB and Putri Ernawati Abidin, CIP researcher, Graham presented a seminar on gender and its implications for breeding which you can watch here. Application […]

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Including women’s preferences to enhance cassava breeding programs – conversing with Bill Gates

Oct 15, 2014 Veronique Durroux

Graduate student Paula Iragaba uncovered a major disconnect in the course of her research: While plant breeders in her native Uganda focus on developing cassava varieties with high yield or starch content or disease resistance, the people primarily responsible for processing and cooking the plant – women – have their own priorities. For those end […]

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RTB in the Media

CGIAR: A maps application, developed with scientific crowdsourcing, identifies priority areas for crops.

Sep 9, 2014 Veronique Durroux

Many people in the developing world struggle with hunger, food insecurity, poverty and threats to their livelihoods. In response, the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research, an organization that coordinates agricultural research internationally, set up the Roots, Tubers and Bananas for Food Security and Income program, which identifies endangered areas and highlights opportunities for improving […]

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Manioc : un réseau de surveillance des maladies en Afrique

Sep 3, 2014 Veronique Durroux

Vingt-huit organisations internationales viennent de s’associer pour mieux lutter contre les maladies du manioc en Afrique. Le réseau PACSUN (Pan-African Cassava Surveillance Network) ainsi formé ambitionne de prévenir une éventuelle catastrophe alimentaire puisque, sur le continent, le manioc est de plus en plus central dans la subsistance des populations. Publisher: Publishing date: 2014-08-14 Read […]

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Nigeria, Others to Save $4.63bn Annually by Adopting Cassava Feed

Feb 26, 2014 Veronique Durroux

The use of cassava-based feeds for farm animals in Nigeria and other countries in Africa will bring several benefits, including a reduction of maize imports mostly used as feeds for livestock, according to the Country Representative for the Ibadan based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Dr Iheanacho Okike. Publisher: Publishing date: 2014-02-25 Read article

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