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Flagship Project 4: Nutritious RTB foods and value added through post-harvest innovation
The objective of Flagship Project 4 (FP4) is to support the fuller, equitable, and sustainable utilization of root, tuber and banana crops for healthier diets and improved income opportunities. FP4 expects to generate new knowledge, technologies, and delivery mechanisms that will benefit at least 2 million households in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. FP4 seeks to harness the changing demand of consumers and other users of RTB crops as drivers of change that can positively transform production and utilization of RTB crops and increase their contributions to nutritious, profitable, and environmentally sustainable food systems. The improved utilization of RTB crops that FP4 is promoting will capitalize on the productivity, quality, and sustainability gains made in crop improvement (FP2) and production systems (FP3) and will in turn further inform research in these areas on the basis of a better understanding of consumer demand (markets, social goals, nutrition).
FP4 combines technological and social research to help realize the potential for diversifying and improving the utilization of RTB crops to contribute to a diverse development agenda, encompassing both nutrition and commercialization goals,. FP4 will work to overcome constraints faced by RTB crops in urban markets and more efficient utilization, such as their perishability, bulkiness, waste products, low social value, and low level of postharvest investments. At the same time, FP4 will build on the comparative strengths of RTBs as affordable food for the rural and urban poor, a strong food security role, nutrition and health benefits, strong established roles for women in the value chain, opportunities for youth, and versatility in processing.
FP4 recognizes that gender is a key factor when seeking to improve the linkage between agriculture and nutrition, with strong opportunities for strengthening the role of women and the youth in the different stages of RTB value chains. FP4 will investigate the social determinants of behavior change in order to effectively support both women and men to realize benefits from postharvest innovation and nutrition improvement of RTB crops.
Improved RTB varieties and RTB-based products are a success only if they are in demand by consumers, processors, and producers. RTB scientists are already advanced in sensory analysis and quality assessments to better understand the differential preferences and needs of consumers groups (by sex and age) and processors. RTB research teams are also providing science support to private and public sector partners to improve efficiency, profitability, and sustainability of processing technologies and value chain management, and to reach vulnerable populations with nutritious RTB foods both fresh and processed.
FP4 will support research on banana, cassava, potato, sweetpotato, and yam as specified in the flagship’s Clusters of Activities below.
Clusters of Activity
Key selected outcomes for Flagship 4 (by 2022)
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