IITA News

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Scientist emphasizes lessons from IITA’s efforts to tackle deadly crop disease outbreaks across the continent

The destructive impact of some of the pest and disease outbreaks witnessed in Africa could have been prevented as agriculture technologies are available to stop their entry, to prevent disease outbreaks in case of entry, and to limit damage to crops in case of establishment.

Picture of Bown is a self-taught botanist and long term researcher.

In focus: Forest Unit Manager discusses her experience as project comes to an end

Deni Bown, the Forest Unit Manager, is a writer, botanist, photographer, publisher, and consultant from Norfolk, England, who has a special interest in herbs, trees, gardening, and natural history.

Picture of Dr Asiedu. He has been with IITA since 1989.

IITA scientist recognized as one of the most published scholars in Nigeria

On 23 November 2017, the Director, Research for Development, West Africa, Dr Robert Asiedu, was cited as one of 28 most published scholars in Nigeria on the Opinions.NG website.

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Chemists and biochemists trained on chromatography and mass spectrometry in IITA-Cameroon

On 27–29 December 2017, the Congo Basin Institute offered a training workshop on chromatography and mass spectrometry (MS).

Group photo of IITA Benin staff taken during the IITA50 celebration.

IITA Benin station celebrates IITA50

IITA Benin Station marked the Institute’s 50th anniversary. The event was well attended by staff, family, stakeholders, and friends of the station.

DG Nteranya Sanginga (above) addressing R4D Week participants including IITA scientists from the hubs and stations (below) .

IITA strategizes to face shaky funding environment and transform African agriculture

Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy Director General for Partnerships for Delivery (P4D), during his talk on the first day of R4D Week, gave an overview of IITA’s efforts to scale out its technologies through partnership.

May-Guri Saethre, DDG, R4D

Biorisk facility prioritizes development of a biocontrol agent for fall armyworm

The newly formed Biorisk Management Facility (BIMAF) has prioritized the development of a biological control solution for the fall armyworm (FAW), which was introduced to Africa from America and is marching across the continent leaving a wave of destruction in its path.

Kwesi Atta-Krah says we need to have big picture thinking.

Aligning with national and regional priorities is a key strategy for IITA in Africa – Kwesi Atta-Krah

In addition to aligning its research activities with the strategic goals and priorities of the countries it is working in, IITA has also made good progress in aligning itself to regional and international entities, said Kwesi Atta-Krah.

David Chikoye presenting drought data.

Tackling emerging pest and disease threats – David Chikoye

The IITA plant health team is addressing a plethora of pests and diseases in Africa as part of efforts to increase agricultural production. David Chikoye, Director for Southern Africa and head of the plant health team, talked about the various activities of the team during the R4D Week session on plant health.

Bernard Vanlauwe on Day 1, R4D Week

50 years of soil research at IITA, failures and successes – Bernard Vanlauwe

After years of reduced attention, IITA research on natural resource management (NRM) has made a strong come-back and is now a fundamental component of the research portfolio.

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