Thursday may 11 we will launch the second phase of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) and we will celebrate the program’s enhanced partnership with Wageningen University & Research.
About the RTB and WUR partnership
More than 300 million people, many below the poverty line, in developing countries depend on root, tuber and banana crops for food and income. RTB is working globally to harness the untapped potential of those crops in order to improve food security, nutrition, income, climate change resilience and gender equity of smallholders. This year RTB enters Phase II running from 2017-2022 and is expanding its partnership with WUR.
Collaboration began with seed system research. In preparation for the new phase WUR took on leadership of an RTB cluster on scaling and is moving dynamically to contribute a new innovation systems perspective to enhance the work of technology oriented clusters.
Programme May 11
|15:15||Opening remarks by Arthur Mol, Rector Magnificus WUR|
|Teaming up for impact: the CGIAR Research Program Roots Tubers and Bananas by Graham Thiele, Program Director (RTB)|
|Socio technical dimensions of RTB seed systems by Margaret McEwan (CIP)|
|Scaling and innovation from a systems perspective by Cees Leeuwis (WUR)|
|16:45||Panel discussion on the topic 'Scaling RTB innovations' chaired by Conny Almekinders (WUR)|