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Women produce gari in Nigeria. Photo courtesy of AgroInsight

Listening to what women don’t say

Jul 27, 2016 Holly Holmes

The field work mentioned in this blog was part of the IITA led Cassava Monitoring Survey project, funded by institutions including the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tuber and Bananas. By Jeff Bentley for AgroInsight. What women don’t say can be as important as what they do say. As I learned recently in Nigeria. Cassava is […]

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Potato traders in Uganda. Photo by S.Quinn/CIP

Understanding gender roles in Uganda’s potato and cooking banana value chains

Jul 25, 2016 Holly Holmes

In Uganda, gender roles in production, processing and marketing of root, tuber and banana crops are complex. Key decisions on production and marketing are often made by men, although women majorly provide labor at crucial stages of production. In the example of potato production and marketing in eastern Uganda, though women are responsible for key […]

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Workshop participants gather at the end of the first week of the GRIT Workshop at Penn State, USA. Photo: CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network.

RTB and PIM research featured at CGIAR gender research training with Penn State

Jul 22, 2016 Holly Holmes

Research and lessons learned from a collaboration between the CGIAR Research Programs on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), and Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) to produce gender-sensitive tools to make value chain interventions more gender responsive have been shared during a training workshop for CGIAR gender research experts. Hosted by Pennsylvania State University, the three-week […]

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Creating change with cassava: Improving livelihoods of cassava farmers and traders in Uganda

Jul 11, 2016 Web Master

We continue our 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, with this edition focusing on cassava. Through firsthand accounts from the farmers, traders and scientists at the heart of the project we get an inside look in to […]

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A farmer carries a bunch of improved cassava stems in Nigeria. Photo IITA

Competition calls for innovative packaging of cassava stems to increase sales

Jul 8, 2016 Holly Holmes

A new competition is calling for innovative packaging designs to sell bundles of high quality cassava stems in Nigeria. The competition has been launched by the ‘Building an Economically Sustainable, Integrated Seed System for Cassava in Nigeria’ (BASICS) project, which aims to develop a sustainable cassava seed value chain in Nigeria, based on the commercial […]

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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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