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Study sheds new light on roles of women and men on RTB farms

Oct 14, 2019 rtbcomms

  Results from a household survey of farmers in Rwanda and Burundi challenge our stereotypes about how women and men engage in growing roots, tubers and bananas. In male-headed households, decision-making and labor-provision were most of the time joint efforts by men and women, while in female-headed households, men made most of the decisions and […]

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Scientists show which genetic loci is associated with bunch weight in highland banana

Oct 1, 2019 rtbcomms

Scientists have, for the first time, located the position of major quantitative trait loci associated with bunch weight and its component traits in Matooke, the East African Highland cooking banana. This is an important breakthrough in efforts to speed up the breeding of improved high-yielding varieties for both food security and improved household incomes in […]

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Scaling up the use of Orange Fleshed Puree for Baked and Fried Products

Sep 27, 2019 rtbcomms

In late May the International Potato Centre (CIP) organized a stakeholder engagement and launch meeting in Nairobi, Kenya bringing together over 20 organizations involved in sweetpotato value chain in Kenya. The launch involved representatives at the national level from the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Ministry of Health and the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). The new […]

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More equitable crop improvement

Sep 19, 2019 rtbcomms

Ensuring plant breeders can take women into account M9 is the code name of a new banana variety developed for the smallholder banana farmers of Uganda, where banana is a very important staple. Yields can be 60% higher and, because the variety is resistant to pests and diseases, it does not need to be replanted […]

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Researchers look deep under the banana’s skin

Sep 5, 2019 rtbcomms

The very thing that makes bananas so easy to eat – they don’t have seeds – also makes them hard to breed. Beneath that simple observation, however, lies a very complicated evolutionary history, one that three recent papers by researchers with the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas help to uncover and, as […]

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World Food Prize Selects Gender-Focused Plant Breeder as the Recipient of the 2019 Norman Borlaug Award For Field Research and Application

Aug 15, 2019 rtbcomms

On behalf of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas and the Gender and Breeding Initiative, we would like to congratulate Hale Ann Tufan for being the 2019 recipient of the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application.  Collaboration with Hale first began with the NextGen Cassava project and evolved to work […]

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Guiding farmers to safer use of pesticides in Rwanda and Burundi

Aug 8, 2019 rtbcomms

It’s hard to overstate the importance of root, tuber, and banana (RTB crops) for smallholder farmers in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. Thousands of farming households here depend on orange-fleshed sweetpotato, cassava, east African cooking banana and table potato for their daily meals. These families also rely on the cash generated from the […]

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On farm: exploring the genetic diversity of RTB hotspots

Jul 24, 2019 rtbcomms

This June, scientists from all over the world convened in the south of France for a unique conference. Held every ten years or so since 1997, the Harlan Symposium showcases research on the origins of agriculture, crop domestication & evolution, and the diversity and utilization of genetic resources. Named after Jack Harlan, professor of plant […]

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Climate change and rising population put pressure on essential crops in low-income regions

Jul 22, 2019 rtbcomms

Crops such as bananas, potatoes, and cassava are essential to food security in the world’s poorest regions. By 2050, their importance will increase, but climate change and population growth will put unprecedented pressure on production.  Climate change and population growth are increasing concerns for global food security. Modeling future agricultural trends that account for these […]

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How RTB researchers try to develop the potential of RTB seed systems

Jul 18, 2019 rtbcomms

Roots, tubers and bananas share one characteristic that unites them in the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tuber and Bananas (RTB): farmers multiply them vegetatively, rather than as true seeds produced by sexual reproduction. Of course, they are also extremely important for the food security, nutrition and livelihoods of the most resource-poor farmers on Earth. […]

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Understanding farmer concerns to improve pest and disease management

Jul 11, 2019 rtbcomms

  Insect pests and diseases are high on the list of concerns for farmers of root, tuber, and banana (RTB) crops across much of sub-Saharan Africa. For every RTB crop grown, there are several pests and diseases that can reduce yield, lower the quality and profitability of the crop or even wipe out the entire […]

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Understanding farmers’ willingness to pay for root, tuber and banana crop planting material

Jul 2, 2019 rtbcomms

Experimental auctions reveal the true willingness of farmers to pay (WTP) for various farming inputs. This is one of the main findings of scientists with the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) and Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) now working to strengthen seed systems. Using this method, which is on the rise […]

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A day to remember: Scientists and processors exchange on the changes in the cassava value chain in Colombia over the past 20 years

Jul 1, 2019 rtbcomms

With funding from the Roots, Tubers and Bananas Research Program (RTB), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) led a Field Day on “Changes in Cassava Starch Extraction Processes in the Last 20 Years,” held in the Department of Cauca on 25 February 2019. The purpose of the event was to present to cassava processors […]

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Agrobiodiversity essential to sustainable food systems for the future

Jun 25, 2019 rtbcomms

A new book from MIT Press proposes and develops an expanded concept of agrobiodiversity, which, it points out, will be essential to sustainable food systems for the future. Agrobiodiversity: Integrating Knowledge for a Sustainable Future is the result of a Strüngmann Forum that brought together experts from diverse disciplines to consider the solutions agrobiodiversity offers […]

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Today’s diets are eating away at our future food supplies, but we can change this

Jun 24, 2019 rtbcomms

“Monitoring the status of genetic diversity of agrobiodiversity (of which RTB crops are part of) in genebanks, on farms, and in the wild is essential for trait discovery and for adaptation to changing climatic and environmental conditions. The work being carried out in RTB flagship 1 on exploring the genetic diversity of RTB crop on […]

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Major investment in Food and Nutrition Security research at NRI

Jun 14, 2019 rtbcomms

On behalf of CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas we would like to congratulate the Natural Resource Institute on their award from the Expanding Excellence in England fund to put in place a Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (FaNSI)! As this initiative aims to expand research capacity through partnerships, NRI’s is well suited […]

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Boosting the bottom line through tech for High Quality Cassava Peel production

Jun 7, 2019 rtbcomms

By 2100, the African continent is projected to see some of the highest GDP growth in the world, a trend closely coupled with increased demand on livestock production.  To feed this growing industry, however, stress on staple crops like maize and corn is increasing, creating competition between grain for human food and animal feed. In […]

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Breeding Better Bananas project team meets to take stock, track progress and plan

May 27, 2019 rtbcomms

An international team of researchers that is revolutionizing banana breeding in Eastern Africa are this week (27‒29 May 2019) gathering in Mbarara, Uganda, to review progress and achievements made over the past 5 years under phase one of the Breeding Better Bananas project, and planning for future needs and activities. The Breeding Better Bananas project, led and coordinated […]

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FoodSTART+ Shares Journey on Gender: Rethinking and Working for Better Balance

May 23, 2019 rtbcomms

The International Potato Center’s (CIP) FoodSTART+ project has come a long way in ensuring gender equity of the project activities since its inception in 2015. The project gender-related milestones, challenges, and lessons were shared during the 10th General Assembly of the IFAD Philippines Gender Network (IPGN) held in Winaca Eco-Cultural Village, Tublay, Benguet from 7-10 […]

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Innovating for change: Interview with Maria Andrade a sweetpotato champion

May 15, 2019 rtbcomms

An accomplished sweetpotato breeder and tireless advocate for improving the nutrition and wellbeing of rural children and families, Maria Andrade is also RTB’s first female flagship leader. She recently set aside time from her busy research and project management work in Mozambique to discuss her passion for science, plant breeding, and the power of education […]

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