Trainees in short-term programs facilitated by RTB
Trainees in long-term programs facilitated by RTB
RTB at a glance
The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) was launched in 2012 to harness the untapped potential of banana (including plantain), cassava, potato, sweetpotato, yam, and other root and tuber crops to improve food security, nutrition and livelihoods. RTB brings together the expertise and resources of five centers: the International Potato Center (CIP), which leads the program; Bioversity International; the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT); the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA); and the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), which represents several other French partners in the research program. The centers have teamed up to collaborate on common issues affecting RTB crops, mobilize complementary expertise and resources, avoid duplication of efforts, and create synergies. This collaborative approach aims to increase the benefits of the centers’ research and interventions for smallholder farmers, consumers, and other actors in root, tuber and banana value chains.
In 2016, RTB was both wrapping up its first phase and preparing for Phase II (2017–2022). A key part of the transition involved the restructuring of research for development activities in five interdisciplinary flagship projects (FPs), illustrated below and described throughout this report. Each flagship has a dynamic leader based in one of the centers and is composed of a set of interrelated research ‘clusters’ which have clear impact pathways through which RTB centers and their partners collaborate to achieve targeted outcomes. The areas of focus for each of the clusters were identified through an RTB assessment to determine the options with the greatest potential for impact.
RTB consolidated its results-based management (RBM) with the reorganization into clusters. Monitoring and evaluation indicators linked to impact pathways were developed for each of the 25 clusters, to guide progress toward outcomes. RBM will be facilitated by an online planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning platform that RTB co-developed with the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems that was used for planning 2017 deliverables.
In 2016, RTB maintained collaboration with 366 partners, primarily national agricultural research organizations, academic and advanced research institutions, private companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These valuable partnerships will play an increasingly important role in this second phase as the program works to scale out the technologies and approaches developed under its flagships. RTB will seek to accelerate the scaling of innovations linked with capacity development for partners, while ensuring that research benefits women and men alike and engages youth. Together, RTB and its broad network of partners will work to achieve the program’s intermediate development outcomes – which are fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals – by 2022.
Where we work
In 2016, RTB focused on research in 28 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Click on the countries highlighted below to see more information.
RTB Where We Work
Publications in ISI journals by crop
Partnership is central to international agricultural research for development precisely because collaboration mobilizes research results through bringing together diverse actors at international, regional, national and local levels. Partnerships are crucial for RTB’s success and form an intrinsic part of the theories of change which make outcomes possible, with the scale and scope of partnerships changing along the research to the development continuum.
In 2016, RTB worked with 366 formally established partners, including private sector, national agricultural research organizations, advanced research institutions, academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Innumerable community based organizations and farm households not individually listed here were also central to the program’s success.
Government of Odisha
Government of Uganda
RTB started 2016 with an allocated Window 1&2 (W1&2) budget of USD17.0M, which was adjusted during the year to USD14.2M after funding cuts in November. The total 2016 budget for the program was USD92.4M: USD14.2M (15%) from W1&2, and USD78.2M (85%) from W3, bilateral funds and RTB participant centers’ own funds.
Total expenditures in 2016 were USD84.9M, or 92% of the budget, of which USD14.1M (17%) is from W1&2, and USD70.8M (83%) from W3, bilateral and centers’ other funds. W1&2 expenses reached 99% execution of the revised budget and W3, bilateral and centers’ other funds expenditure, reached 91% execution. Expenditure for gender research was USD6.5M, representing 8% of RTB total expenditure in 2016.
The chart below shows the W1&2 budget and expenditure by flagship and the management expenditure of USD1.5M. RTB had an average execution of 99% of each flagship budget.
|Flagship W1 & 2||Budget|
|FP1 : Enhanced genetic resources||0.61||0.28||0.68||0.39||0.10||0.41||2.49|
|FP2 : Productive varieties and quality seed||0.47||0.65||1.50||0.95||–||–||3.57|
|FP3 : Resilient crops||0.85||0.24||0.70||0.87||0.28||–||2.94|
|FP4 : Nutritious food and added value||0.04||0.42||0.03||0.35||0.44||–||1.28|
|FP5 : Integrated livelihoods at scale||0.45||0.04||0.65||0.04||–||–||1.17|
|Flagship W1 & 2||Expenses|
|FP1 : Enhanced genetic resources||0.61||0.36||0.73||0.38||0.10||0.26||2.44|
|FP2 : Productive varieties and quality seed||0.47||0.56||1.50||0.98||–||–||3.51|
|FP3 : Resilient crops||0.85||0.27||0.70||0.86||0.28||–||2.96|
|FP4 : Nutritious food and added value||0.04||0.39||0.03||0.35||0.44||–||1.25|
|FP5 : Integrated livelihoods at scale||0.45||0.05||0.65||0.03||–||–||1.18|
RTB 2012 -2016
The distribution of budget by funding sources shows a declining contribution of W1&2 over time, falling from 41% in 2012 to 17% in 2016 – with a respective increase in W3, bilateral funds & center funds, from 59% to 83%, in the same period.
Total expenditure in 2016 increased by 56% compared with 2012, showing an overall positive trend for the program (USD84.9M in 2016 vs. USD54.6M in 2012). The cumulative expenditure reached USD356.0M over the five years of the program (USD117.0M from W1&2, and USD239.0M from W3, bilateral and center funds).
CGIAR Funding Windows
Windows 1&2 funds are provided by the CGIAR to RTB for allocation across the agreed product portfolio. Window 1 funds are allocated by the CGIAR System Organization to different CRPs including RTB, while Window 2 funds are designated by donors specifically to RTB.
Window 3 funds are allocated directly to CGIAR Centers by donors and are mapped into RTB when they are consistent with the RTB product portfolio. Window 3 includes a deduction of 2% of the total budget as contribution to the CGIAR System Organization.
Bilateral funds are contracts directly signed between a center and a donor and mapped into RTB.