Non-profit research program
The CGIAR Research program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) is a broad alliance led by the International Potato Center (CIP) jointly with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and CIRAD, in collaboration with research and development partners. Research on its mandate crops—bananas, cassava, potato, sweetpotato, yams, and minor roots and tubers—is conducted through a product portfolio of seven themes. The research program was officially launched in 20121 . It is one of the 16 CGIAR Research Programmes (CRPs) that reach across the 15 CGIAR centres. The name CGIAR comes from the acronym for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. When CGIAR underwent a major transformation in 2008, the cornerstone of which are the CRPs2 , it kept the acronym as its name.
The RTB research program is organized around seven themes from which several research outcomes and development impacts are expected3 .
Theme 1. Unlocking the value and use potential of genetic resources
Theme 2. Accelerating the Development and Selection of Cultivars with Higher, More Stable Yield and Added Value
Theme 3. Managing priority pests and diseases
Theme 4. Making available low-cost, high-quality planting material for farmers
Theme 5. Developing tools for more productive, ecologically robust cropping systems
Theme 6. Promoting postharvest technologies, value chains, and market opportunities
Theme 7. Enhancing impact through partnerships