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Realizing the potential of Africa’s vegetative crops - Contribution by Rodomiro Ortiz, PhD

posted May 3, 2012, 2:23 PM by v.gwinner@cgxchange.org

In a short article in Plant Breeding News, the electronic newsletter of applied plant breeding, Rodomiro Ortiz points out that the best strategy to deliver healthy planting materials for vegetatively propagated crops includes micro-propagation of healthy propagules of selected germplasm along with multiplication in greenhouses, shade-houses and field plots.

Six Theme Leaders Appointed

posted Apr 23, 2012, 7:20 AM by v.gwinner@cgxchange.org

The Roots, Tubers, and Bananas has seven key themes, each of which will have a designated leader. Leaders come from the different partner CGIAR Centers. Six have been chosen to date, including:




Theme Title



Roux, Nicholas


Genetic Resources


Montpellier, France - Banana, genetics, musa net

Becerra, Augusto


Development of Varieties


Cali, Colombia - Cassava genetics, molecular genetics, accelerating breeding

Hanna, Rachid


Managing pests and diseases


Cameroon - Entomologist, IPM

Ortiz, Oscar


High quality planting material


Peru - Agronomist, participatory research and training, ICM

Hauser, Stefan


Ecologically robust cropping systems


Nigeria - Soil physicist, looking at yam, casaba, plantain

Dufour, Dominique


Post harvest and markets


Colombia - Tropical starchy crops, processing, add value, etc

First Priority Setting Planning Workshop Report (March 2012) now available

posted Apr 23, 2012, 7:11 AM by v.gwinner@cgxchange.org   [ updated Apr 23, 2012, 7:13 AM ]

Read the report from the Root, Tuber, and Bananas Program's first priority setting planning workshop.

Latest revised CRP proposal available

posted Sep 12, 2011, 8:06 AM by v.gwinner@cgxchange.org

The newly revised CRP proposal is here.

Press Release on new Stakeholder Consultations Publication

posted Sep 8, 2011, 6:38 AM by v.gwinner@cgxchange.org

The new Stakeholder Consultation publication is available. Share the news with this press release.

New flyer

posted Sep 7, 2011, 9:21 AM by v.gwinner@cgxchange.org

The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers, and Bananas has a new flyer, which will be distributed at the G-20 Meeting on Agricultural Research for Development to be held in Montpellier, France September 12-13, 2011. It is available now for distribution, along with an accompanying poster.

Incorporating stakeholder perspectives in international agricultural research: the case of the CGIAR Research Program for Roots, Tubers and Bananas for Food Security and Income

posted Aug 22, 2011, 11:44 AM by j.savolainen@cgxchange.org   [ updated Aug 23, 2011, 11:47 AM by Unknown user ]

To improve the coherence of work across CGIAR member Centers and to enhance impact, fifteen interlinked proposed CGIAR research programs (CRPs) are being developed. A new CG-wide collaborative ethos emphasizes identifying, consulting, and collaborating with appropriate stakeholders, to bring their perspectives into design of the CRP proposals and ensure that they are integrally involved in implementation. In this paper we present a case study of stakeholder consultation for designing the CRP Roots, Tubers, and Bananas for Food Security and Income (RTB). The paper describes how stakeholders were identified, outlines consultation and data collection methodologies, presents a synthesis of the consultation, and demonstrates how stakeholder perspectives influenced proposal design. The concluding sections provide details of lessons learned and articulate how future consultations might be improved, including optimal use of information gathered. The consultation was coordinated by a team representing the 4 collaborating CG centres

Pre-breeding for Effective Use of Plant Genetic Resources - a new e-learning course

posted Jun 7, 2011, 1:11 PM by j.savolainen@cgxchange.org   [ updated Jun 7, 2011, 1:17 PM ]

In response to increasing demand for capacity building on pre-breeding, the Global Partnership Initiative on Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB) has just launched an e-learning course on Pre-breeding for effective use of plant genetic resources for plant breeders and germplasm curators and others engaged in germplasm management and/or crop improvement. We believe that this practical, self-paced instructional tool might be of interest to your CRP-RTB theme leaders, partners and collaborators. Click here for the announcement. You can access the e-course or request a copy of the course on CD from the GIPB web site here

Final Proposal Submitted

posted Apr 11, 2011, 6:33 AM by v.gwinner@cgxchange.org   [ updated Apr 11, 2011, 7:09 AM by j.savolainen@cgxchange.org ]

View it here.

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