Engaging youth in agriculture: A strategy for RTB

Jul 12, 2017 RTB

“In many developing countries, the labor market has left a high proportion of young people out of employment and unable to sustain their livelihoods,” explains Dr. Netsayi Mudege, leader of the ‘Gender equity and youth employment’ research cluster (CC5.3) of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB). “Under such conditions, agriculture related […]

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Innovation Platforms: When, how and in what form?

Jun 26, 2017 RTB

Innovation Platforms are fast becoming part of the mantra of agricultural research for development projects and programmes, and are increasingly being proposed and used throughout the field. Their benefit lies in providing a space for farmers, agricultural service providers, researchers, private sector and other stakeholders to jointly identify, analyse and overcome constraints to agricultural development. […]

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Improving nutrition, incomes and employment through post-harvest innovations

Jun 22, 2017 RTB

“Post-harvest innovations can make important contributions to addressing the global challenge of malnutrition,” begins Busie Maziya-Dixon, leader of RTB’s cluster on Post-Harvest Innovation (CC4.1) and Food and Nutrition Scientist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). “In collaboration with other flagships, the goal of our research is to contribute to improving diets and income […]

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New CGIAR Initiative to make plant and animal breeding more gender responsive

Jun 12, 2017 RTB

The CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative brings together plant and animal breeders and social scientists to develop a strategy for gender-responsive breeding with supporting methods, tools and practices.  For plant and animal breeders to ensure that they meet the needs of users’, they need to understand the priorities that women and men assign to genetically […]

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FoodSTART+ brings together partners for progress review & planning

May 29, 2017 RTB

Partners and stakeholders from the different country sites of Food Resilience Through Root and Tuber Crops in Upland and Coastal Communities of the Asia-Pacific (FoodSTART+) converged in Hanoi, Vietnam, for the project’s 2nd Partner’s Meeting from 8 to 10 May 2017. The three-year project, which began in 2015, aims to enhance food resilience among poor […]

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Enhancing the genetic resources of roots, tubers & bananas

May 22, 2017 RTB

Flagship Project 1 (FP1) ‘Enhanced genetic resources‘, will make use of plant biology, structural and quantitative genetics – or the study of genes that dictate a plant’s architecture, tolerance to pests or other stresses and many other traits – and other disciplines to help enhance crops’ hardiness, architecture or nutritional profile. Biofortification – enhancing crops’ […]

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Improved crop varieties & quality seed boost yields & income for smallholders

May 19, 2017 RTB

The dual focus of Flagship Project 2 (FP2) includes using innovative methods to develop varieties of roots, tubers and bananas exhibiting desirable traits and on making available to farmers an array of high-quality planting materials of these crops. The team behind this flagship is using new methods to speed up the development of varieties which […]

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Increasing the resilience of roots, tubers & bananas

May 18, 2017 RTB

Given its focus on the resilience of root, tuber and banana crops, Flagship Project 3 (FP3) aims to incorporate environmental, biological, ecological and economic considerations into the various ‘clusters’ – distinct projects within the flagship. Crop resilience can be compromised in myriad ways, notes James Legg, FP3 leader and a plant virologist at the International […]

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Nutritious foods and added value for health and wealth

May 17, 2017 RTB

“It starts with the person who wants to eat affordable, safe, nutritious food,” says Simon Heck, the Mozambique-based sweetpotato project leader for the International Potato Center and the leader of RTB’s Flagship Project 4 on Nutritious Food and Added Value. “The urban consumer will [represent] the majority [of consumers] soon, and we must focus on […]

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Improving livelihoods at scale

May 16, 2017 RTB

This is the first in a series of blogs showcasing the new Flagship Projects of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB). By Amy Rogers Nazarov As bulwarks against hunger, as economic engines, as health-giving foodstuffs – roots, tubers and bananas are fundamentally changing lives. Improved Livelihoods at Scale – Flagship Project […]

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RTB launches second phase and enhanced partnership with Wageningen University & Research

May 15, 2017 RTB

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) hosted a seminar and launch event on 11 May at its campus in the Netherlands to celebrate the second phase of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) and its enhanced partnership with the university. The event brought together over 50 participants and included a lively discussion […]

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New manuals show how to extend shelf-life of cassava roots to increase incomes & food security

Apr 24, 2017 RTB

Cassava is a key source of food and income in many developing countries in Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, it is a major staple providing over 20% of calorific requirements and constituting nearly two-thirds of per capita food production. However, one of the major challenges facing cassava is the rapid postharvest physiological deterioration of fresh roots […]

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Spotlight on scaling agricultural technologies

Apr 19, 2017 RTB

The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) has ambitious targets to improve the lives of millions of men and women who depend on root, tuber and banana crops by 2022. Achieving those targets means focusing on the most promising technologies and innovations. And it means linking these innovations with the tools and […]

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The nuts and bolts of collaborative research on roots, tubers and bananas: RTB Annual Meeting

Apr 18, 2017 RTB

As the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) kicks off Phase II, the team came together in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for an annual review and planning meeting from March 11 – 12. The meeting built on the momentum from the RTB World Café on Scalable Technologies which took place the day […]

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Expanding the horizons of biodiversity for sustainable food futures

Apr 7, 2017 RTB

The biodiversity of domesticated biota and food-supplying ecosystems holds unparalleled importance for breeding and crop and livestock improvement. This importance has fueled decades-long emphasis and debate on germplasm collections and in situ genetic resources. But the range of interest in agrobiodiversity is also expanding. Now a new article in the journal Nature Plants by Karl […]

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Economically sustainable seed businesses to transform cassava production in Nigeria

Apr 4, 2017 RTB

Seed sector professionals have said that businesses selling improved varieties and high quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African farmers significantly raise their productivity. This will mean more income from the same land, inputs and effort. The benefits of this raised productivity will be enjoyed by all the stakeholders across the value chain in […]

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‘Carrier women’ shoulder a heavy burden in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Mar 8, 2017 RTB

Cassava is an RTB crop of key importance in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is often processed into flour and used to make ‘bugali’, a dense porridge served with meat and cassava leaves, ‘sombe‘. Many agree that a meal without bugali is not a meal. Women play a key role in the production of […]

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Accelerating Africa’s economic growth through root and tuber crops

Mar 8, 2017 RTB

The 13th International Symposium for the International Society for Tropical Root Crops- Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB) has kicked off this week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The four day meeting (5-8 March) brings together over 300 delegates from government agriculture ministries in Africa, development partners, international and national agriculture research organizations, academia, private sector as well […]

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RTB-ENDURE banana project offers solutions for postharvest losses

Feb 28, 2017 RTB

Researchers collaborating under the ‘Expanding utilization of roots, tubers and bananas and reducing their postharvest losses’ (RTB-ENDURE) banana sub-project have identified solutions that will help Ugandan banana farmers and traders reduce income loss due to poor handling of their produce. The solutions were officially launched during the subproject’s final event which took place on 25-26 […]

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How you can help to improve banana research priority setting

Feb 7, 2017 RTB

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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