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Picture of Cassava is a staple root crop in many African countries.

RTBfoods—a new program—announced by CIRAD to encourage better variety choices in Africa

A new program called RTBfoods (Breeding RTB Products for End User Preferences) was launched recently. It is a 5-year effort created to pinpoint the quality traits that determine the adoption of new root, tuber and banana (RTB) varieties developed by breeders.

IITA’s DG and scientists honored for their outstanding contribution to development of root crops in Africa

The International Society for Tropical Root Crops-Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB) has appreciated the contribution of 10 scientists including the Director General of IITA towards the development of root and tuber crops in Africa. This took place at a gala dinner hosted by the Society at its recently concluded 13th Triennial Symposium held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 6–10 March 2017.

Picture of Story about the first World Congress on Root and Tuber Crops on RTB.cgiar.org website.

Top six highlights from the first World Congress on Root and Tuber Crops

The first World Congress on Roots and Tuber Crops has come and gone, but the lessons from the convergence in Nanning, China linger. In a recent blog by Graham Thiele, Program Director, CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) entitled “Six steps forward for root and tuber crops”. Thiele highlighted six key take-home…

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