|Dear friends and colleagues,
I am pleased to share our third newsletter for 2021.
We are happy to announce that there are now over a dozen RTB golden eggs as two more were launched: AKILIMO and Tricot. Our golden eggs continue to gain attention within One CGIAR and we couldn’t be prouder of these collective knowledge assets with demonstrated broad applicability.
Also, last month we launched our 2020 Annual Report entitled ‘Innovation and Impact’. If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to explore the report website, where you can also download the PDF. Please do share it with your colleagues who may be interested, and we encourage you to share specific sections and comment through social media. We are happy to support this if you contact Sarah. As always, we thank you for your continued support over the past years that made these achievements possible.
I would also like to highlight a story that one senior scientist shared after the report was launched. It was an FP5 feature on scaling where the lady who bought cuttings from a small-scale nursery two years ago earned 3000 USD last year from the sale of potato. Her life has changed from her initial purchase of 100 cuttings at 8 USD, which she subsequently multiplied into potato seed. Our scientist visited her a few weeks ago, where she learned of this remarkable story, see photo below. To top it off she was a new widow two years ago without knowing what to do. The construction materials in the photo are bought from potato proceeds and she has improved her house for herself and her children. This is our impact – one person’s story, but surely because of our collective work, there are many more. And we are pleased to feature these if you share them.
The One CGIAR transition continues to make progress. Up-to-date information can be found here and further details on the process in the Q & A section.
You can also revisit below some of the most important topics we featured under the Special Features section of our newsletter.
RTB Program Director