This week in history: IITA hoists national and institutional flag for the first time
16 July 1973, IITA raised the Nigerian and institutional flag for the first time. John Nickel, IITA acting Director at the time, stated the raising of the Nigerian flag alongside the IITA flag was symbolic.
“Such togetherness marks the goodwill that exists between the government and the people of Nigeria and the efforts of IITA to assist in improving the quality and quantity of basic food crops for the people of the lowland humid tropical countries” he said.
Over forty years later, IITA continues to work closely with the Nigerian government to achieve national food security and quality food crops for all.