Weathering the storm: root and tuber crops boost climate resilience

, and they pose a major threat to poor smallholder farmers who produce most of the food in the tropics. The good news is that some crops and varieties can increase farmer resilience and help them bounce back from climatic shocks. examines how root crops – particularly...

RTB toolbox for Working with Root, Tuber and Banana Seed Systems

Root, tuber and banana crops are the foundation of tropical food security.  But their seed systems are complex and widely informal. The seed is bulky, expensive to transport, spoils easily, and can harbor health problems from viruses to weevils. These challenges must...

Q&A with Bernard Yada: Empowering National Agricultural Research Systems

As senior research officer with Uganda’s National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) Bernard Yada and his team are instrumental in modernizing sweetpotato breeding in sub-Saharan Africa. He sat down recently with CIP regional communications specialist, Vivian...

Potatoes for prosperity

Africa’s first potato farmers were European settlers who introduced the crop in the late 1800s, but few Africans grew it before the mid-1950s. Since then, the tuber has taken off, with more than 25 million metric tons produced in Africa in 2017. In Kenya, potato is...