As part of the multi-crop priority assessment exercise coordinated by RTB, the Global Musa Expert Workshop took place in Kampala, Uganda, last April. Here are the major outcomes of the meeting, which was co-hosted by NARO, IITA, Bioversity and CIAT.
- A quantitative estimates of average farmer yield and yield variability for the five major cultivar groups in different production systems and major factors causing this variability were identified.
- A list of priority research options – in line with the results of the global expert survey – was developed and agreed upon by the group.
- Preliminary quantitative parameter estimates describing the impact of the selected research options were provided by working groups.
Since the number of workshop participants was limited, a real time e-forum available in three languages was organized through ProMusa and the regional banana networks in parallel to the meeting to facilitate the engagement of a wider group of experts and other stakeholders of the global banana community in the assessment. The e-Forum page, including the results of the expert survey, received a large number of visits especially during the workshop days. The meeting and the subsequent 3-day field trip also provided excellent networking opportunities for RTB members and partners. Read more
Browse through the results and join the online discussion.
The results of a survey of banana experts, conducted at the beginning of the year as part of the RTB priority setting exercise, have recently been released and are now available online. The survey attracted responses from over 500 different research scientists located in over 50 countries, and sought to establish the most important constraints that limit banana yields and farmers’ incomes while also determining research priorities.
The results of the survey could not come at a better time. Over 40 banana experts from advanced research institutes and leading banana-producing countries will gather in Kampala, Uganda, between the 8-11 of April to complete the information on production constraints and research options. During the workshop, co-hosted by NARO, Bioversity International and IITA, multidisciplinary groups will be formed by major cultivar groups to finalize the list of major constraints to banana production and marketing and to estimate related yield gaps and/or foregone income.
The workshop participants will then select 10-15 research options that best address the leading constraints and estimate model parameters (such as research costs, expected increases in yield and income, expected decrease in production cost, adoption potential, and impacts on health, gender equity and the environment) and their stochastic distribution to be used in a sensitivity analysis.
At appropriate points during the four-day workshop, outcomes will be posted in the e-forum on the ProMusawebsite to allow stakeholders who are not in the workshop to participate and provide comments that will be fed back to the participants in Kampala: http://www.promusa.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=94
Daily summaries will also be available on the ProMusa Twitter (@Promusa_banana) and Facebook pages (ProMusa Banana Community).
The RTB Research Program recently released its first publications, the result of an IITA-coordinated project.
Two training manuals, one on growing bananas using tissue-culture plantlets and the other on running a banana tissue-culture nursery, are now available online. The manuals are based on trainings conducted in Burundi, Kenya and Uganda as part of a project exploring alternative ways of delivering tissue-culture plantlets to smallholder farmers. They explain how to train farmers and prospective nursery operators to become successful entrepreneurs. Read more