Root, tuber and banana crops have much in common, and RTB’s unique agri-food system perspective helps partners collaborate on these crops. We work on developing solutions that can work at scale to address shared challenges and uncover the full potential of these crops to contribute to food and nutrition security and better livelihoods for farmers and other actors in the food system.

We have developed a set of collective knowledge assets through the RTB partnership collaboration that we call “golden eggs”. We are making these available as an online resource for wider use. Golden eggs can be defined as frameworks, approaches, tools together with their community of developers and users that show the value-added of the RTB partnership collaboration. We believe that when used in conjunction with other technologies these golden eggs can play an important role in contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

Each of the entries for the golden egg on our website explains its purpose, provides a short description, gives links to find information, and includes a contact person(s) if you’d like to follow up for more information.

Like real eggs, these collective assets are alive and need to grow. For this reason, our teams have developed and are implementing nurturing plans. Moving forward, we hope to expand their use. We will showcase the progress made with the golden eggs and encourage the basket to be enriched with new eggs.

As presented in the diagram of food systems below, these golden eggs can contribute to an array of research for development activities with wide applicability for roots, tubers and bananas as well as other crops. We will continue to nurture these golden eggs in the transition from RTB to the One CGIAR framework beginning in 2022.


The contribution of RTB golden eggs in the global food system