The RTB program began on January 1. It has made a successful start-up and brought the CG partners into a clearly structured new set of collaborative arrangements. This provides the basis for moving from the somewhat fragmented projects which were inherited from the old funding model to a more coherent impact-focused RTB program.
The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) has developed a multi-faceted gender strategy that will be woven through its research and development portfolio during the ﬁ rst three-year phase of the program and beyond. The strategy has been developed over several months and is based on extensive consultations with a wide range of stakeholders. The overall objective of the Program is to improve food security and reduce poverty while strengthening gender equality. For this to happen, all farmers, both men and women, must be able to beneﬁt from science and technology interventions leading to positive development outcomes.