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Flagship Project 3: Resilient RTB crops

The objective of Flagship Project 3 (FP3) is to close yield gaps of RTB crops arising from biotic and abiotic threats and to develop more resilient and ecologically sustainable production systems, thereby strengthening food security and improving natural resource quality and ecosystem service provision. It will generate outcomes that directly target the needs of women and men smallholder farmers.

Key elements of the FP3 strategy are to:

  • Improve crop yield gap analysis and develop strategies to address abiotic stresses;
  • Forecast, characterize and manage chronic and invasive biotic threats under current and future climates;
  • Develop productive, ecologically sustainable and profitable crop and pest management systems applying principles and practices of ICM and IPM;
  • Build data management systems, develop ICT innovations and strengthen R4D capacity to support resilient RTB cropping systems, all within the context of mainstreamed gender approaches.

Clusters of activity

FP3 Research and development activities are organized in six interrelated Clusters of Activities that together achieve the objectives and targets of the FP.

    • CC 3.1. Management of RTB-critical pests and diseases under changing climates, through risk assessment, surveillance, enhanced modeling, and advanced IPM
      Strengthens the capacity of stakeholders working in plant health (e.g., NPPOs, NGOs, CG-centers) to prevent and manage the risk of invasive and emerging pests through improved risk assessment, surveillance, diagnostics, and enhanced modeling tools and knowledge. The sustainable production of RTB crops will be safeguarded through the development and adaptation of integrated pest management (IPM) as a system approach to the management of crop health and agricultural system performance congruent with men and women farmers’ needs and the broader pest situation.
    • CC 3.2. Sustainable RTB Crop Production Systems
      Develops and promotes productive, ecologically sustainable and profitable crop production systems applying principles of ISFM, IPM, site-specific nutrient management  and other decision support tools. Site Specific Crop Managers will target the needs and opportunities of RTB-dependent farm households with variable resource endowment levels, market access, quality of natural resources, climate and land use intensity.
    • BA 3.3. Global and regional frameworks, tools, strategies and practices to arrest the spread of wilts into new areas and recover banana productivity in wilt-affected areas
      Marshals cutting edge and applied science in the fields of biology, socio-economics and agriculture to operate on both fronts: exclusion and containment which serve to minimize the spread and losses due to wilts into new areas and recovery of banana production systems affected by the wilts. The recovery of banana production affected by wilts and the avoidance of losses in areas which remain wilt-free will benefit millions of farm households and consumers.
    • BA 3.4. Improving the livelihoods of smallholder banana producers in Asia and Africa through recovery and containment of banana bunchy top disease
      1) Strengthens science-based approaches for the recovery of banana production in areas of SSA and SEA affected by banana bunchy top disease (BBTD); and 2) builds strategies, awareness and capacity to limit spread of the disease into new areas, particularly into countries in Africa, Asia and the Latin America, where the disease is absent. Ultimately, a global learning alliance will improve the livelihoods of smallholder banana producers in Asia and Africa threatened by BBTD.
  • CA 3.5. Preemptive, emergency, and ongoing response capacity to manage emergent biological constraints for cassava in Asia and the Americas
    Constructs decisive response capacity for a set of emergent biological constraints in Asia and the Americas, including cassava mealybugs, a diverse mite complex, cassava mosaic disease, witches broom disease  and frogskin. Collaborative research will be carried out to a) characterize and manage chronic and emerging biotic threats under current and future climates, and b) develop and promote productive, ecologically sustainable and profitable crop and pest/disease management systems, specifically fine-tuned to cassava crops and cropping systems.

Key selected outcomes for Flagship 3 (by 2022)

  • 1.3 million households with 25-30% increased yields
  • 1.5 million households with banana yields restored to at least 80% of pre-BXW/FOC infection quantities
  • 0.5 million households with banana yields restored to 100% of pre-BXW/FOC infection quantities

Questions to guide your feedback

  1. What do you consider are the most important and relevant elements in this flagship?
  2. Which elements do you think need strengthening?
  3. How could your organization improve its collaboration with this flagship?

Please leave your feedback as a comment below, specifying the question number you are responding to. Any additional comments are welcome too.