Seminar and launch of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas II

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.

Organised by Knowledge Technology and Innovation

Thu 11 May 2017 15:00 to 17:00

Venue Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

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
15:30 Presentations
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)
16:15 Coffee break
16:45 Panel discussion on the topic 'Scaling RTB innovations' chaired by Conny Almekinders (WUR)
17:15 Cocktail