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Flagship Project 2: Adapted productive varieties and quality seed of RTB crops
The objective of Flagship Project 2 (FP2) is to develop and make available good-quality planting materials of a diverse set of high-yielding RTB varieties that are adapted to the needs and preferences of different stakeholders in the value chain.
RTB crops represent a diverse group of clonal crops that provide the basis of food energy for several hundred million people. They face similar challenges of persistent low yields per unit area and high costs of production that limit their success in achieving food security for many of the earth’s poorest inhabitants, especially women and children. Where high-yielding hybrids exist, their adoption is often hampered by the fact that they do not fully respond to endusers’ needs and preferences. Poor quality of planting material further contributes to below potential productivity of RTB production systems. Furthermore, the utilization of RTB crops in the farming systems has been limited due to the lack of access to suitable varieties fitting into e.g. cereal-based cropping systems.
This flagship aims to improve the livelihoods of more than 10 million farming households who primarily depend on RTB crops for food security, nutrition and income generation, primarily at the small and medium scale levels. Combined clusters of activity for banana, cassava, potato, sweetpotato and yam will improve productivity and availability of demand driven improved varieties and high quality planting materials in targeted impact pathways supported by cross cutting disciplines and partner networks to improve dissemination and adoption for delivery at large scale. The flagship will implement and disseminate technologies and approaches which have been proven to meet the respective demands of smallholder farming communities and continue to develop and validate technologies in participation with target beneficiaries to improve livelihoods and resilience of vulnerable farming households under changing environmental conditions.
As overarching principle of the flagship we will implement a gender responsive approach aiming to increase equitable access to RTB seed of varieties with appropriate traits for food security and markets. Such an approach will enable women and vulnerable households to fulfill their roles in food provisioning, production as well as in income generation.
Key elements of the FP2 strategy include:
Clusters of activity
FP2 Research and development activities are organized in seven interrelated Cluster of Activities that together achieve the objectives and targets of the flagship.
Key target outcomes for Flagship 2 include (by 2022)
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