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Award announced for best scientific paper on sweetpotato

May 22, 2018 RTB

For a second year, the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) has announced an award to recognize the best scientific paper published in 2017 on sweetpotato. Through a generous endowment established by Dr. Jan W. Low, a principle scientist at the International Potato Center (CIP) and a 2016 World Food Prize Laureate, a prize […]

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Excellence and Innovation in Sweetpotato: Communication for Change Award

May 18, 2018 RTB

The Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative has announced that the ‘Excellence and Innovation in Sweetpotato: Communication for Change Award’ will take place for a second year in 2018. The annual award was established last year with a generous endowment from Dr. Jan Low, a principle scientist at the International Potato Center and a recipient of the […]

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Scientists meet to tackle challenges facing root, tuber and banana seed systems

May 16, 2018 RTB

Have you ever wondered what the potatoes, cassava, bananas and sweetpotatoes you eat are grown from? While they are still called ‘seed’, they take the form of suckers, roots and tubers. This kind of planting material comes with quite a unique and complex set of challenges, in part stemming from their bulky and perishable form, […]

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15 Peruvian university students to attend World Potato Congress with RTB and CIP scholarship

May 11, 2018 RTB

The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), together with the International Potato Center (CIP), is delighted to announce the selection of 15 promising agricultural science students who have been awarded a scholarship to attend the upcoming 10th World Potato Congress in Cusco, Peru from 27 – 31 May 2018. The scholarship, co-funded […]

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Planning workshop prepares researchers to scale out agricultural innovations

May 10, 2018 RTB

Representatives of three teams whose proposals were successfully awarded funds from the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) Scaling Fund, along with program leadership and technical experts in scaling, came together in Nairobi, Kenya, in March. The aim of the workshop was to equip the teams with the tools and knowledge needed […]

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Clean seed systems for roots, tubers and bananas: What can Tanzania learn from the US?

May 8, 2018 RTB

Kwame Ogero of the International Potato Center takes an in-depth look at the National Clean Plant Network for Sweetpotato in the United States, drawing lessons for Tanzania, where sweetpotato is a major source of food and income. Seed is one of the most important farm inputs. A farmer’s harvest depends a lot on the quality […]

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GCP21: Africa must double cassava production by 2050 to avert food crisis

Apr 19, 2018 RTB

 The Fourth International Cassava Conference in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, from 11-15 June 2018 will bring together 300 researchers, policymakers and more.  Africa needs to double cassava production to avert a major food crisis by 2050, said the Director of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21), Dr. Claude Fauquet, during a press conference in Lagos, […]

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Taking a farmer-centric approach to Integrated Pest Management

Apr 12, 2018 RTB

Joshua Okonya is a Uganda-based research associate specializing in crop protection. He shares how he is putting farmers at the heart of his work on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for root and tuber crops. What first motivated you to begin work on Integrated Pest Management? I grew up in a poor family of eight siblings […]

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The business case for seed – a public-private partnership takes root in Kenya

Apr 11, 2018 RTB

Nearly every production manual for farmers begins with some version of the same statement: “for good production, make sure to use healthy, disease-free seed”. These well-meaning declarations can only be met with a sigh from many developing country farmers, for whom access to tested and certified clean materials often ranges from limited to nonexistent. This […]

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FoodSTART+ and SOLID build capacity of facilitators for Farmer Business Schools in Indonesia

Apr 6, 2018 RTB

The Food Resilience Through Root And Tuber Crops In Upland and Coastal Communities of The Asia-Pacific (FoodSTART+), and the Smallholder Livelihood Development Project (SOLID), both funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), are collaborating to implement Farmer Business Schools in Maluku and Maluku Utara provinces of Indonesia. As the first step in this process, […]

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Public-private partnerships and the sustainability of sweetpotato Early Generation Seed production

Mar 21, 2018 RTB

The third instalment in this blog series for SeedSystem.org by scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP) and the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) discusses how public-private partnerships can contribute to the long-term sustainability of sweetpotato Early Generation Seed (EGS) production. The sustainable production of EGS (which includes pre-basic/foundation seed and basic seed) is one […]

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Using gender research to increase the adoption of agricultural technology

Mar 15, 2018 RTB

Vivian Polar, Gender, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tuber and Bananas, shares insights on the importance of considering gender when developing agriculture technology. Do men and women approach agriculture differently? Men and women approach agriculture differently. Each one of them looks at farming based on their constraints and their […]

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RTB and CIP scholarship for Peruvian students to attend World Potato Congress

Mar 14, 2018 RTB

The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) and the International Potato Center (CIP) are pleased to announce a new scholarship for Peruvian university students to attend the upcoming 10th World Potato Congress in Cusco, Peru, from 27 – 31 May 2018. The scholarship will cover the attendance of 15 students from public […]

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Effective marketing strategies for sweetpotato seed

Mar 12, 2018 RTB

The second edition in this blog series for SeedSystem.org by scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP) and the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) explores effective marketing strategies for sweetpotato seed. The sustainable production of Early Generation Seed (which includes pre-basic/foundation seed and basic seed) is one bottleneck to increasing the availability of […]

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Can the sweetpotato Early Generation Seed business attract private players?

Mar 9, 2018 RTB

This is the first in a series of blogs for SeedSystem.org by scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP) and the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) discussing key issues in the sweetpotato seed system. The sustainable production of Early Generation Seed (which includes pre-basic/foundation seed and basic seed) is one bottleneck […]

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Building momentum for gender-responsive breeding

Mar 7, 2018 RTB

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, this year with the theme ‘Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’. Gender research is a core part of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), and in the following Q&A, Graham Thiele, RTB Program Director, shares his thoughts on gender research within […]

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Agricultural mechanization: how far do women farmers benefit?

Mar 6, 2018 RTB

Agricultural machinery saves both time and labor for small-scale farmers and is increasingly available in rural areas. However, women’s needs and interests are often not fully considered when these machines are developed, introduced and adopted by communities. As a result, they are often used and controlled by men more than women. Despite this, our research […]

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World Bank book on Peruvian agriculture highlights native potato value chains

Mar 2, 2018 RTB

A book on Peruvian agriculture recently published by the World Bank highlights the dynamism of the sector and its impressive growth in the past decade. However, closer analysis shows how most of that growth has been the result of large-scale farming in the country’s coastal lowlands, whereas the vast majority of smallholders in the Andean […]

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CGIAR centres and research programs combine forces to reduce the damage of banana disease in Uganda

Feb 7, 2018 RTB

Bananas and plantains (Musa spp.) provide a major source of food and income for over 30 million people in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA). Uganda produces an estimated 10 million tonnes annually valued at about US$550 million. Most ECA bananas are domestically consumed with the highest global per capita consumption of over 200 kg. Banana Xanthomonas […]

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The role of culture in banana seed systems in Uganda

Feb 1, 2018 RTB

In Uganda, bananas are considered more than just food or a source of income – they are entrenched in local meaning and culture. In this blog, Fleur Kilwinger of Wageningen University and Bioversity International explores what this means for banana seed systems research and interventions.  In September 2016 I started my internship at the Bioversity International […]

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