Enhancing the genetic resources of roots, tubers & bananas

May 22, 2017

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Uganda President Museveni officiates at Bioversity International Banana Farmers Day

Nov 17, 2016

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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