RTB In the Media

The potential of cassava in the “new” economy of Nigeria

Facing declining oil prices, the Nigerian government has reached out to identify new sources of income and explore new markets. Investments in agriculture look promising. Many local industries depend heavily on cassava and Nigeria is the biggest cassava grower in the world. However, cassava yields are comparatively low. The Economist, in a recent special article […]

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Uganda selected as focus for project on root crops, bananas

Uganda is hosting a $4m (Shs11.4b) project that will expand the utilisation of roots, tubers and bananas and reduce their post harvest losses. The three-year European Union (EU) funded project is implemented by the CGIAR Research Programme on Roots, Tubers and Bananas. It focus on cassava, bananas, sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes. Publishing date: 2015-02-04 […]

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Project seeks to add value to roots, tubers and bananas

Researchers are implementing a new project to explore increased use of roots, tubers and bananas (RTBs) and technologies to reduce their postharvest losses in Uganda. A workshop to highlight the research activities to be undertaken was organised last month (1-3 December) in Ntinda, Uganda. The European Union is funding the US$4 million, three-year project that […]

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Scientists embark on fighting deadly banana disease

A group of scientists has embarked on a strategy to prevent the spread of a deadly banana fungal disease following an outbreak in Mozambique. Tropical race 4 (TR4), a strain of the fungus Fusarium oxysporum, and responsible for a deadly banana wilt disease, was detected last year on a 1,500-hectare farm in Mozambique that grows […]

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CGIAR: A maps application, developed with scientific crowdsourcing, identifies priority areas for crops.

Many people in the developing world struggle with hunger, food insecurity, poverty and threats to their livelihoods. In response, the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research, an organization that coordinates agricultural research internationally, set up the Roots, Tubers and Bananas for Food Security and Income program, which identifies endangered areas and highlights opportunities for improving […]

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Manioc : un réseau de surveillance des maladies en Afrique

Vingt-huit organisations internationales viennent de s’associer pour mieux lutter contre les maladies du manioc en Afrique. Le réseau PACSUN (Pan-African Cassava Surveillance Network) ainsi formé ambitionne de prévenir une éventuelle catastrophe alimentaire puisque, sur le continent, le manioc est de plus en plus central dans la subsistance des populations. Publisher: http://www.newspress.fr/ Publishing date: 2014-08-14 Read […]

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Nigeria, Others to Save $4.63bn Annually by Adopting Cassava Feed

The use of cassava-based feeds for farm animals in Nigeria and other countries in Africa will bring several benefits, including a reduction of maize imports mostly used as feeds for livestock, according to the Country Representative for the Ibadan based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Dr Iheanacho Okike. Publisher: http://www.thisdaylive.com/ Publishing date: 2014-02-25 Read article

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New process ‘could develop biofortified cassava faster’

[NAIROBI] Cassava could be bred on a large scale to contain high contents of vitamin A using a new process — called rapid cycling — that shortens the usual period from eight to only three years, according to a study. The researchers say more than 70 million people in developing countries depend on cassava as a source […]

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IITA Moves to Position Cassava as Major Source of Animal Feed

Top international researchers will meet with decision makers, business people, and other stakeholders working in the Nigerian cassava sector in the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Oyo State. The meeting aims to draw a roadmap for a cassava-based animal feed system that will highlight action plans for adding value to the cassava […]

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Interactive tool maps out world of bananas, potatoes and cassava

Through an interactive mapping system, scientists and agricultural professionals can now visualize the world of roots, tubers and bananas. Using 25 categories, RTBMaps paints a complex picture of global production zones. With the click of a mouse, users may create a specialized map that compares plantain harvest zones to mean temperature, cassava to mealybug presence, or potatoes […]

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CIRAD and its French partners take up their position in the CGIAR Roots, Tubers and Bananas Research Programme (RTB CRP)

CIRAD and its French partners are taking part in the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Roots, Tubers and Bananas Research Programme (RTB CRP). They recently confirmed to programme coordinators their position in terms of innovative techniques and research. Publisher: CIRAD Publishing date: 2012-04-04 00:00:00 Read article

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Global program on Roots, Tubers, and Bananas to exploit untapped potential and new synergies

Two-hundred million poor farmers in developing countries grow roots, tubers, and bananas (RTBs) for food security and income. But they do not fully benefit from the potential of these nutritious, resilient, and versatile crops. They are constrained by challenges such as low yielding varieties, poor quality seed, stresses from climate change, and poor management. The […]

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Savants Meet on Plan to Raise Food Production

Filipino researchers are plunging headlong into a program to improve the production of roots, tubers and bananas and thus mitigate the threat of global famine. Publisher: Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation Publishing date: 2010-10-06 00:00:00 Read article

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Cassava could be answer to Asia’s food security woes

There is widespread concern across Asia about the potential impact of climate change on food production but cassava is one staple grown in tropical regions that has already demonstrated its ability to be climate change ready. “While rising temperatures might make it harder to grow some crops, Dr Rod Lefroy from the International Centre for […]

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South Sudan: Why Can’t Our Own Growers Plant the Root Crops That We Eat?

South Sudanese consume a lot of sweet potatoes, cassava, yams and other root crops in their daily diet as is evidenced from the popularity they display when buying these food items in their markets every morning. Agriculture ministries and farmers should give serious consideration to cultivation of the root crops, thus changing the high cost […]

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Cameroon releases IITA improved cassava varieties to boost food security

The Cameroonian government has released five new improved cassava varieties to help improve the food security of millions of people in the country. Publisher: IITA Publishing date: 2012-09-11 10:00:00 Read article

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Tanzanian, IITA to jointly develop cassava industry

The Tanzanian government will support efforts aimed at supporting farmers to optimize the cassava growing as it play a big role in improving the lives of farmers, the Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Christopher Chiza has said. Publisher: Isa Chuki Publishing date: 2012-09-10 09:00:00 Read article

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Encourage female yam farmers, researcher urges govt

A researcher at the National Roots Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike, Abia State, Mrs Glory Ironkwe, has urged the federal and state governments to encourage female yam farmers to use improved varieties. Publisher: http://tribune.com.ng Publishing date: 2012-10-01 10:00:00 Read article

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New African cassava resists devastating viruses

Plant scientists at ETH Zurich have developed a new African cassava preferred by consumers and farmers that is resistant to the two major virus diseases in Africa. Now they want to test the resistant cassava in Africa. Publisher: Peter Rüegg – http://phys.org Publishing date: 2012-09-26 08:00:00 Read article

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Cote d’Ivoire: New Cassava Varieties Bring Women Autonomy

Abidjan — Women farmers in Côte d’Ivoire are achieving greater autonomy and economic independence thanks to new varieties of cassava. Publisher: Nalisha Adams – http://allafrica.com Publishing date: 2012-09-25 09:00:00 Read article

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