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Applying the science of scaling

Oct 17, 2018 RTB

A new RTB initiative is applying the science of scaling to accelerate promising agricultural technologies, showing researchers how to reach more farmers, much sooner. Scaling up agricultural innovations is one of the biggest challenges facing research and development organizations. Projects have often tried to scale technologies at the end of the intervention, in an ad […]

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Gender mainstreaming in value chain development triggers women’s empowerment in Uganda

Oct 15, 2018 RTB

A gender focus introduced in value chain development in Uganda has allowed women and men to start new seed businesses, to train other farmers, and to share planting material of varieties that consumers want. Banana is a major staple in Uganda. However, traders and other value chain actors face post-harvest loses that limit their incomes. […]

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From science to scaling: 2017 Annual Report

Oct 10, 2018 RTB

We are pleased to share the 2017 Annual Report from the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, entitled ‘From science to scaling’. We invite you the explore the report as an interactive website where you can also download the PDF. 2017 was a notable year for our program. It marked the start-up of […]

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Scientists’ breakthrough brings hope for banana resistance breeding to deadly bacterial wilt disease

Oct 8, 2018 RTB

A team, led by scientists from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), have announced a breakthrough in the search for banana varieties that are resistant to the lethal bacterial banana wilt disease. This debunks the notion that all banana varieties are susceptible to the disease and opens the possibility of breeding resistant varieties.   The […]

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Southeast Asia responds to industry-threatening cassava mosaic disease

Sep 17, 2018 RTB

Government representatives, development partners and cassava researchers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam gather this week to devise a regional plan to contain the potentially devastating Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) in Southeast Asia. They convene from September 18-20 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Researchers from Zhejiang University and Holley Group Co. in China first reported CMD […]

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RTB in the Media
 

Calling On Nature To Combat Insect Pests In Vietnam’s Cassava Crop

Jun 7, 2018 RTB

“Good bugs, huh?” –farmers and homeowners alike all too often give a blank stare when questioned about the beneficial insects that occur on their respective farm, backyard or flower patch. Though insects abound within natural and agricultural ecosystems across the globe, and a fair share of them provide vital services to humanity, we as human […]

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World Potato Congress highlights scientific advances

Jun 6, 2018 RTB

Tubers were the talk of the town in Cusco, Peru during the week of May 27, when the 10th World Potato Congress (WPC) and the 28th Congress of the Latin American Potato Association (ALAP) were held together for the first time. The event drew more than 800 participants from 50 countries to the potato’s center […]

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Tanzania: Banana Experts Meet to Discuss Hybrid Varieties

Apr 23, 2018 RTB

An international project whose goal is to boost banana production in Tanzania and Uganda brings together a team of international researchers to deliberate on delivery of hybrid varieties to farmers. The team will starting today to Friday gather at Arusha-based Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) to review their progress and plan […]

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