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How you can help to improve banana research priority setting

Feb 7, 2017 Holly Holmes

Research resources are scarce and making research portfolio decisions is complex and challenging. As part of a multi-crop priority assessment exercise coordinated by the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), the impact of different research investments for bananas in terms of economic benefits, poverty reduction and number of beneficiaries has been estimated […]

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Strategic Assessment of Banana Research Priorities – New trilingual website and call for stakeholder feedback

Jan 24, 2017 RTB

As part of a multi-crop priority assessment exercise coordinated by the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), the impact of five different research investments for bananas and plantains has been estimated. We are delighted to announce the launch of a trilingual website that provides a knowledge toolkit introducing the methods and results […]

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Better businesses and lives through post-harvest innovation in roots, tubers and bananas in Uganda

Dec 15, 2016 RTB

Key stakeholders implementing an innovative project on expanding utilization of roots, tubers and bananas and reducing their postharvest losses (RTB-ENDURE) came together for an end of project workshop to share their experiences and the main research findings. The project led by the International Potato Center comes under the umbrella of the CGIAR Research Program on […]

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Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning: Empowering Interoperability with Multi-Institutions M&E

Dec 9, 2016 RTB

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning: Empowering Interoperability with Multi-Institutions M&E Taking on the challenge of Learning to improve Monitoring & Evaluation beyond standards Dealing with an amazing amount of data on a daily basis is a fundamental task engaging not only all CGIAR Centers and Research Programs, but also NGOs, national agricultural research systems, private institutions […]

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What can CGIAR’s new research programs learn from systems approaches?

Nov 29, 2016 Holly Holmes

Graham Thiele, RTB Program Director, shares his insights and reflections from the Systems Research Maketplace event, which took place earlier this month.  As we prepare for the second phase of CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) in 2017, this is an opportune time to reflect on, and learn from, the approaches our programs have taken during their […]

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Dr. Eldad Karamura, Bioversity International Regional Representative for Eastern and Southern Africa, welcomes President Museveni to the first Banana Farmers Day in Bushenyi, Uganda. Photo: J.Turyatemba/Bioversirt

Uganda President Museveni officiates at Bioversity International Banana Farmers Day

Nov 17, 2016 Holly Holmes

Story by Joshua Turyatemba for Bioversity International Banana is one of the most important sources of food and income in Uganda. People consume on average 7 bananas per day and the local word for bananas – matooke – means food. Last Friday 11 November 2016, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni officiated at the first Banana Farmers’ […]

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Gender analysis provides new insights into CIP’s work with indigenous farmers in the Andes

Nov 3, 2016 RTB

  An important component of CIP’s research for development has been to help smallholder farmers gain access to new, more profitable markets. An example of this strategy’s potential is the Papa Andina Initiative, which promoted innovation processes in potato market chains in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru from 2000 to 2011. Through Papa Andina, CIP and […]

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A typical banana and plantain market at Ikire in Osun State, Nigeria. Banana and plantain are staple foods for food security. Photo by Adebayo/IITA.

RTB partners, CIP and IITA, awarded prize for efforts in improving food and nutrition security

Oct 28, 2016 Holly Holmes

Two partner centers of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), the International Potato Center (CIP) and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have been jointly awarded the 2016 Al-Sumait Food Security Prize for their contributions toward reducing poverty and improving food and nutrition security through crops including roots, tubers and […]

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Early Generation Sweetpotato Seed Production: Can public sector and national agricultural research institutes shift to a business orientation?

Oct 28, 2016 Holly Holmes

In this blog Margaret McEwan, Senior Project Manager with the International Potato Center (CIP), shares her insights and reflections from discussions during the 7th annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which took place from 7-8 October 2016. During this year’s annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) meeting in […]

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Small-scale gari processing in Nigeria. Photo G.Thiele/RTB

Nigeria’s gari revolution: improving efficiency and equity of a staple food

Oct 20, 2016 Holly Holmes

Gari is a staple food for millions of West Africans, particularly in Nigeria where its production exceeds 9 million tons a year, and employs hundreds of thousands of people – especially women and children. Made from cassava, gari is a creamy-white granular flour with a slightly sour taste that is most commonly eaten either by […]

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Nutritious orange-fleshed sweetpotato snack can reduce waste, increase incomes

Oct 19, 2016 Holly Holmes

The 10th Triennial African Potato Association Conference (October 9 – 13, 2016) brought together over 200 researchers, development practitioners, policy makers and more to exchange knowledge and experiences from their work with potato and sweetpotato – including young African scientists and innovative farmers who received scholarships to attend the event. Through its sponsorship of the conference, […]

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Recognizing the work of RTB’s gender researchers

Oct 17, 2016 Holly Holmes

Two gender researchers from the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, Drs. Bhawana Upadhyay and Nozomi Kawarazuka, have been recognized as part of CGIAR’s ongoing campaign to feature profiles of the #womeninscience who work on gender. RECOGNIZING WOMEN IN SCIENCE: PART II by CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network on Exposure

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CGIAR announces approval of next phase of Research Programs

Sep 28, 2016 Holly Holmes

CGIAR has announced today in a press release the approval of a new, targeted research portfolio to boost poor farmer incomes, food availability and resilience in the face of climate change in developing countries. Upon the recommendation of the System Management Board, the CGIAR System Council carefully reviewed and approved a strong set of 11 […]

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RTB Impact Assessment team take stock of progress and plan for Phase II

Sep 26, 2016 Holly Holmes

Assessing the impact of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas’ (RTB) research and development initiatives is a core part of the program’s work. To take stock of progress on RTB’s impact assessment studies currently underway and identify upcoming opportunities for the program’s second phase, RTB’s Impact Assessment team came together in Boston […]

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What the success of orange-fleshed sweetpotato can teach us

Sep 22, 2016 Holly Holmes

By Graham Thiele, Program Director, CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas This has been a big year for RTB’s lead center, the International Potato Center (CIP), with three of the center’s scientists winning the World Food Prize (WFP) for their work on the biofortification and scaling of vitamin A rich orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP), […]

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Sample plan for energy efficient flash dryer for cassava. Credit: Francisco Javier Giraldo Cuero (Univalle), Arnaud Chapuis (CIRAD), Martin Alonso Moreno Santander (Univalle), Dominque Dufour (CIAT, CIRAD), Thierry Tran (CIRAD).

Improving cassava processing: less energy, higher efficiency and more stable prices

Sep 19, 2016 Holly Holmes

From the RTB 2015 Annual Report Much of the cassava grown in developing countries is processed to produce starch or flour used as ingredients in an array of food products. As demand for those products grows, the cassava processing industry will play an increasingly important role for farmers and local economies. The CGIAR Research Program on […]

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Improved potato variety ‘Qingshu 9’ a success story in China and beyond

Sep 12, 2016 Holly Holmes

From the RTB 2015 Annual Report In their efforts to improve the food security and livelihoods of farmers around the world, potato breeders at the International Potato Center (CIP) strive to develop marketable, resilient varieties with resistance to viruses and late blight that can be grown in an array of environments. An excellent example of the […]

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Storage solutions: improving access to profitable markets for Uganda’s potato farmers and traders

Sep 8, 2016 RTB

Many of Uganda’s potato farmers and traders have limited access to storage facilities and technology which can extend the shelf life of their produce, allowing them to store and sell their potato when the market prices are better – instead of having to quickly sell all the produce before it spoils. With the introduction of […]

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Root, tuber and banana breeding in Africa shows wide-scale adoption of improved varieties

Aug 24, 2016 Holly Holmes

Crop breeding and the dissemination of improved varieties has been a cornerstone of research for development in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) for decades, and scientists from the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) contributed to research on the impact of this work which is featured in the book Crop Improvement, Adoption, and Impact […]

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Sweetpotato Discovery: How staff are collaborating to create health for pigs and wealth for farmers in Uganda

Aug 16, 2016 RTB

This is the latest in 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. This edition focuses on the strong partnerships and collaborative efforts of a wide variety of actors who are working together to create health for pigs […]

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