Toolbox for Working with Root, Tuber and Banana Seed Systems: Building a better seed future, together

Via Zoom

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 be overcome to improve agricultural productivity and feed the world in an uncertain future.

The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas is very pleased to invite you to a launch event* for its RTB Toolbox: a collection of 11 tools designed to help researchers, extension workers, and smallholder farmers tackle the challenges to higher productivity.

This one-hour and fifteen-minute launch event will highlight outcomes from applying both bio-physical and socio-economic tools from the toolbox. We will be joined by key stakeholders from sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, together with colleagues from Europe and the USA.

*Simultaneous interpretation for English to Spanish and English to French will be available.

If you would like to submit a question in advance for our panel, please send to Nathan Ronoh.


March 2, 2021
15:00 (EAT/GMT+3)


Nathan Ronoh




Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo

Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa

Conny Almekinders

Associate professor, Wageningen University

Jorge Andrade

Plant Pathologist, International Potato Center

Prof Wanjiku Chiuri

Member, RTB Independent Steering Committee

Erik Delaquis

Senior Research Associate, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Karen Garrett

Preeminent Professor, University of Florida

Howard Hall

Research Program Manager for Agribusiness, Australian Center for Agricultural Research

Margaret McEwan

Senior Scientist, International Potato Center

Kwame Ogero

Seed Systems Specialist, International Potato Center

Dr. P. Olusegun Ojo

Director General, National Agricultural Seed Council, Nigeria

Graham Thiele

Director CGIAR, Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas

Stephen Walsh

Agricultural Advisor, United States Agency for International Development, Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance

Vivian Atakos

International Potato Center

Israel Navarrete

Researcher, International Potato Center

Kelsey Anderssen

Assistant Professor, Kansas State University

Welcome from Graham Thiele

Short animation video on RTB toolbox

Accelerating adoption and varietal turnover: Mind the seed system gaps

  • Erik Delaquis
  • Margaret McEwan

Using the toolbox – socio-economic tools and outcomes

  • Conny Almekinders
  • Kwame Ogero

Using the toolbox – biophysical tools and outcomes

  • Karen Garrett

Q&A and discussion

  • Graham Thiele (moderator)

Toolbox launch!

  • Yemi Akinbamijo

Messages from well-wishers

  • Olusegun Ojo
  • Steve Walsh
  • Wanjiku Chiuri
  • Howard Hall

Next steps & wrap up

  • Jorge Andrade