About Us

bannerweb1The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) is one of a new series of initiatives spearheaded by CGIAR to bring together the research synergies and resources of multiple agricultural research-for-development centers to improve efficiencies and increase impacts. The purpose of RTB is to tap the underutilized potential of root, tuber, and banana crops to improve food security, nutrition, and livelihoods.

RTB Management Team

Graham Thiele

Program Director, CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas

Oscar Ortiz

DDG Development, International Potato Center

Valérie Verdier

IRD Research Director

Stephan Weise

DDG Research, Bioversity International

Joe Tohme

Agrobiodiversity Research Area Director, CIAT

Robert Asiedu

R4D Director, IITA

RTB Focal Points and Theme Leaders

Bettina Heider

RTB Focal Point at CIP

Luis Augusto Becerra

RTB Focal Point at CIAT

Inge Van den Bergh

RTB Focal Point at Bioversity International

James Legg

RTB Focal Point at IITA

Dominique Dufour

RTB Focal Point at CIRAD

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