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May 1, 2016
New Project To Build Commercially Sustainable Cassava Seed System In Nigeria
A four-year project (2015 – 2019) to develop a commercially sustainable cassava seed value chain in Nigeria, was officially launched ...
April 13, 2016
Uganda: High post harvest losses in cooking bananas
Cooking banana is the main staple crop in Uganda produced mostly by smallholders for food and income. However, the cooking ...
April 6, 2016
Making use of sweetpotato vines as silage
When James Francis Ojakol enrolled for a Master degree in animal science at Makerere University, he had no idea how ...
April 1, 2016
Agri-food systems research and poverty in Ghana
In Ghana, small scale farmers are national assets. They form the bulk of the workforce in the agricultural sector, which ...
January 26, 2016
Is cassava the key to tomorrow’s food security?
Huyen Thi Phuc, a small-scale farmer in southern Vietnam, has grown cassava and cashew nuts for 15 years. The cassava, ...
January 13, 2016
SciDev – Africa’s top science stories from first half of 2015
As 2015 comes to an end, we highlight science articles published by SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English regional edition that were ...
November 5, 2015
“Orphan Crops”: What They Are, Why They Matter and What’s Being Done
Ever wake up craving some finger millet, or sit down in front of a movie with some nice groundnut? Probably ...
October 7, 2015
Farmers trained in silage production
Some 28 agriculture officials and farmers have been trained in silage production for pigs at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute, ...
July 1, 2015
The potential of cassava in the “new” economy of Nigeria
Facing declining oil prices, the Nigerian government has reached out to identify new sources of income and explore new markets ...
February 4, 2015
Uganda selected as focus for project on root crops, bananas
Uganda is hosting a $4m (Shs11.4b) project that will expand the utilisation of roots, tubers and bananas and reduce their ...
January 19, 2015
Project seeks to add value to roots, tubers and bananas
Researchers are implementing a new project to explore increased use of roots, tubers and bananas (RTBs) and technologies to reduce ...
January 14, 2015
Scientists embark on fighting deadly banana disease
A group of scientists has embarked on a strategy to prevent the spread of a deadly banana fungal disease following ...
September 9, 2014
CGIAR: A maps application, developed with scientific crowdsourcing, identifies priority areas for crops.
Many people in the developing world struggle with hunger, food insecurity, poverty and threats to their livelihoods. In response, the ...
September 3, 2014
Manioc : un réseau de surveillance des maladies en Afrique
Vingt-huit organisations internationales viennent de s'associer pour mieux lutter contre les maladies du manioc en Afrique. Le réseau PACSUN (Pan-African ...
February 26, 2014
Nigeria, Others to Save $4.63bn Annually by Adopting Cassava Feed
The use of cassava-based feeds for farm animals in Nigeria and other countries in Africa will bring several benefits, including ...
December 11, 2013
New process ‘could develop biofortified cassava faster’
[NAIROBI] Cassava could be bred on a large scale to contain high contents of vitamin A using a new process — called ...
November 5, 2013
IITA Moves to Position Cassava as Major Source of Animal Feed
Top international researchers will meet with decision makers, business people, and other stakeholders working in the Nigerian cassava sector in ...
August 8, 2013
Interactive tool maps out world of bananas, potatoes and cassava
Through an interactive mapping system, scientists and agricultural professionals can now visualize the world of roots, tubers and bananas. Using ...
February 21, 2013
CIRAD and its French partners take up their position in the CGIAR Roots, Tubers and Bananas Research Programme (RTB CRP)
CIRAD and its French partners are taking part in the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Roots, Tubers and ...
February 20, 2013
Global program on Roots, Tubers, and Bananas to exploit untapped potential and new synergies
Two-hundred million poor farmers in developing countries grow roots, tubers, and bananas (RTBs) for food security and income. But they ...
February 16, 2013
Savants Meet on Plan to Raise Food Production
Filipino researchers are plunging headlong into a program to improve the production of roots, tubers and bananas and thus mitigate ...
February 15, 2013
Cassava could be answer to Asia’s food security woes
There is widespread concern across Asia about the potential impact of climate change on food production but cassava is one ...
February 13, 2013
South Sudan: Why Can’t Our Own Growers Plant the Root Crops That We Eat?
South Sudanese consume a lot of sweet potatoes, cassava, yams and other root crops in their daily diet as is ...
February 12, 2013
Cameroon releases IITA improved cassava varieties to boost food security
The Cameroonian government has released five new improved cassava varieties to help improve the food security of millions of people ...