Trainees in short-term programs facilitated by RTB
Trainees in long-term programs facilitated by RTB
RTB at a glance
The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) was launched in 2012 to harness the untapped potential of banana (including plantain), cassava, potato, sweetpotato, yam, and other root and tuber crops to improve food security, nutrition and livelihoods. RTB brings together the expertise and resources of five centers: the International Potato Center (CIP), which leads the program; Bioversity International; the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT); the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA); and the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), which represents several other French partners in the research program. The centers have teamed up to collaborate on common issues affecting RTB crops, mobilize complementary expertise and resources, avoid duplication of efforts, and create synergies. This collaborative approach aims to increase the benefits of the centers’ research and interventions for smallholder farmers, consumers, and other actors in root, tuber and banana value chains.
In 2016, RTB was both wrapping up its first phase and preparing for Phase II (2017–2022). A key part of the transition involved the restructuring of research for development activities in five interdisciplinary flagship projects (FPs), illustrated below and described throughout this report. Each flagship has a dynamic leader based in one of the centers and is composed of a set of interrelated research ‘clusters’ which have clear impact pathways through which RTB centers and their partners collaborate to achieve targeted outcomes. The areas of focus for each of the clusters were identified through an RTB assessment to determine the options with the greatest potential for impact.
RTB consolidated its results-based management (RBM) with the reorganization into clusters. Monitoring and evaluation indicators linked to impact pathways were developed for each of the 25 clusters, to guide progress toward outcomes. RBM will be facilitated by an online planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning platform that RTB co-developed with the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems that was used for planning 2017 deliverables.
In 2016, RTB maintained collaboration with 366 partners, primarily national agricultural research organizations, academic and advanced research institutions, private companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These valuable partnerships will play an increasingly important role in this second phase as the program works to scale out the technologies and approaches developed under its flagships. RTB will seek to accelerate the scaling of innovations linked with capacity development for partners, while ensuring that research benefits women and men alike and engages youth. Together, RTB and its broad network of partners will work to achieve the program’s intermediate development outcomes – which are fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals – by 2022.
RTB Where We Work
Publications in ISI journals by crop
Government of Odisha
Government of Liberia (Ministry of Agriculture)
Government of Uganda
Government of Tanzania (Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives)
CGIAR Funding Windows
Windows 1&2 funds are provided by the CGIAR to RTB for allocation across the agreed product portfolio. Window 1 funds are allocated by the CGIAR System Organization to different CRPs including RTB, while Window 2 funds are designated by donors specifically to RTB.
Window 3 funds are allocated directly to CGIAR Centers by donors and are mapped into RTB when they are consistent with the RTB product portfolio. Window 3 includes a deduction of 2% of the total budget as contribution to the CGIAR System Organization.
Bilateral funds are contracts directly signed between a center and a donor and mapped into RTB.