RTB Seed Systems Workshop
Wageningen May 8th  to 19th , 2017

The workshop is organized by the Roots Tubers and Bananas, CGIAR Research Program (RTB-CRP) with the collaboration of the University of Wageningen and Research (WUR) and will take place from 8-12 May 2017 (Agenda for the whole group); and from 13-19 (Agenda for PhD students) at Hotel De Werelt, Wageningen The Netherlands.  The local host is University WUR. 


Some very innovative tools and approaches were developed in the first phase of RTB work, such as degeneration modeling and the use of INA, which not only allows quantitative modeling and mapping of seed systems but has the added benefit of incorporating both biophysical and socio-economic data. Now there is a need to validate these tools, and after validation, continued refinement.  The best way to validate these tools is to begin using them in on-going and future seed intervention.  Thus, while the new phase is a continuation of RTB seed science (natural and social), the new phase also represents a major effort to use this science to improve RTB seed systems in low and middle-low income countries. To operationalize this we envision a project built on partners collaborations that follow three principles: collaborations should

i)  explicitly create outcomes, i.e., modify the behavior of “project implementers” (see proposal) to ultimately enhance the project’s impact, by using outputs from phase one;

ii) learn lessons from the collaboration about what works, where and why, which may then be applied for some of the other RTB crop seed systems; and

iii) use similar tools and standardized data collection to understand seed system performance so that ultimately it will be possible to do meta-analyses across the A5 projects and thus across crops.

In general, the role of these R&D project PI’s and their teams will be to test, validate and deploy research outputs (methodologies, tools, etc.) previously developed in cluster CC2.1 to enhance performance and achieve outcomes and impacts. At the same time, they will provide feedback to further improve and refine those outputs.


1. Improve linkages between socio-economic and biophysical scientists to develop a toolbox for RTB seed system analysis. (Part I in the Agenda)

                 Expected outcomes

                          - Shared Inventory of the interventions, where different tools will be validated to address identified RTB seed system research questions, and related gender dimensions
                      - Visualization of research questions and possible tools charted into the “RTB seed system map”
                      - Improved understanding of how seed system research questions can integrate socio-economic, and biophysical factors for better understanding of seed systems and their 
                      - Have concrete activity plans for applying gender sensitive tools in the various interventions
                      - Agreed modalities on how validation of different tools in different contexts and crops will contribute to collaborative development of toolbox
                      - Initial discussions on how individual tools, and the toolbox contribute to assess seed system performance
                      - Recommendations on cluster governance and internal cluster and flagship communication to share with other cluster members

      2. Provide training to PhD students who are working on this cluster and start proposal preparation. (Part II in the Agenda)

·                                     - A general orientation on science and how it practiced (philosophy of science)
·                           - Introduction to sociology of technology
                      - Research methodology with special focus on interdisciplinarity and seed systems