Spearheading the shift to demand-led breeding

Spearheading the shift to demand-led breeding A revolution in the organization of plant breeding is sweeping the CGIAR. RTB is at the forefront, making sure that new approaches and tools fit our crops, including the complexities of breeding and the quality preferences of users. The introduction of product profiles is a key tool in this process. Market experts and social … Read More

Enhancing plant breeding through digitized data management

Enhancing plant breeding through digitized data management A modern breeding program requires digitized data to make effective breeding decisions. This also enables accessing and sharing breeding data. Today, breeding lines in the field are labeled with barcodes, and traits are described using standardized descriptors allowing for a drastic reduction in errors. Breeding programs can then aggregate data, follow trends over … Read More

Nigerian farmers make money by selling cassava seed of high yielding varieties

Nigerian farmers make money by selling cassava seed of high yielding varieties The demand for the seed of new cassava varieties is increasing in Nigeria. Until recently, there was no reliable supply of that seed partly because farmers were not used to buying it. As that is changing, village seed entrepreneurs (VSEs) have been organized to grow certified seed of … Read More

Multi-partner coalition drives adoption of improved sweetpotato by over six million African households

Multi-partner coalition drives adoption of improved sweetpotato by over six million African households Woman sweetpotato farmer in Cote d’Ivoire proudly showing her harvest. (K. Dibi) In 17 African countries, a coalition of 17 partners including R4D (research for development) organizations, major donors and RTB, joined together and supported the distribution and use of 150 improved sweetpotato varieties, including 100 orange … Read More