GREAT Blog

28 March 2018
By: Dr. Madu Tessy, Olaosebikan O, Bello A, Owoade Durodola, and Justin M.
  It’s been a little over a year since the NextGen Cassava and HarvestPlus Nigeria team graduated from the GREAT Gender-Responsive Root, Tuber and Banana Breeding course (GREAT RTB). As GREAT RTB fellows, we were equipped to transform Africa’s agriculture by applying our gender lens. Eager and... more

23 March 2018
By: Bernice Ngina Waweru, KALRO-FCRC
The GREAT Gender-responsive Cereal Grains Breeding Course in Uganda surpassed my expectations. Week One was held in August 2018 and Week Two in January 2018. The experience transformed my thoughts about research and the driving force behind my efforts as a wheat breeder. My institute, the Kenya... more

28 February 2018
By: Durodola Owoade
  Among the important staple food crops, cassava is nothing short of a powerhouse. Because of it, smallholder farmers have been able to feed their families and control domestic demands through income from cassava production. Though many obstacles stand in the way of most cassava producers in West... more

10 November 2017
By: Devon Jenkins, GREAT Project Manager
  Incorporating gender-responsiveness can be a challenge for any breeding program when formal training or relevant prior experience is missing, but for research teams working within conflict zones, there is an additional and entirely different set of challenges to overcome. One team from our on-... more

01 November 2017
By: Deborah Rubin, Cultural Practice, LLC
Deborah Rubin, standing, checks in on a group's work during the GREAT roots, tubers and bananas course It was in May 2014 that I first got involved in what has become the Gender-Responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation program or GREAT. I’d been invited to a gathering of... more

19 September 2017
By: Samantha Hautea, NextGen Cassava
ZOMBO, UGANDA – This October, researchers with the Next Generation Cassava Breeding project (NextGen Cassava) will launch their first gender-responsive participatory variety selection (PVS) trials in Uganda, after project researchers attended the GREAT Gender-Responsive Root, Tuber and Banana... more

29 August 2017
By: Kerry Mullins, GREAT Intern, and Devon Jenkins, GREAT Project Manager
As we wrapped up Week 1 of the Gender-Responsive Cereal Grains Breeding Course in Kampala, we caught up with three GREAT participants to see what inspired them to join GREAT, and get their impressions on the course so far. We'll feature additional voices in the months to come. To learn more about... more

09 August 2017
By: Kerry Mullins, GREAT Intern, and Devon Jenkins, GREAT Project Manager
For Lilian Nkengla, the start this week of the GREAT Gender-Responsive Cereal Grains Breeding course will be both familiar and completely new. As a participant in the first GREAT course last year, Nkengla, from Cameroon, worked alongside her colleague from the International Institute of Tropical... more

06 July 2017
By: Olamide Olaosebikan, Bello Abolore, and Owoade Durodola, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) / GREAT RTB Fellows
  In Nigeria, the world’s largest producer and consumer of cassava, Vitamin A deficiency affects 30 percent of children under the age of 5 (World Health Organization estimates), resulting in reduced immunity, impaired vision, and, in some cases, even blindness and death. Furthermore, these health... more

27 June 2017
By: Elizabeth Asiimwe, GREAT Project Management Team
By all standards, it was fruitful. Five technical report outputs, learning, networking, and adventure – all in just 8 days! In June 2017, members of the implementing team of the GREAT project convened a meeting at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The purpose of the meeting was not to discuss... more