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Leuven University seeks partnership with IITA in research programs

IITA hosted a team from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium (also known as KU Lueven) at its campus in Ibadan, Nigeria. The team led by Professor Georges Gielen, the Vice Rector of the University, was at the Institute to explore ways to expand and strengthen collaboration with IITA in research programs and projects to deliver…

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CORAF/WECARD explores areas of collaboration with IITA

A call has been made for the establishment of potential avenues from which national centers could gain from the rich basket of capacity building programs and technologies at IITA. Abdou Tenkouano, the Executive Director of the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD), an IITA alumnus, made the call on 10…

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IITA, Ministry of Youth & Sports, Ministry of Agriculture to promote youth agribusiness in Oyo State

In a tripartite agreement with the Ministries of Youth & Sports, and Agriculture in Oyo State, IITA will be hosting a workshop that will see IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) critically engage and train youth corps members serving within the state. This was unveiled during the official visit of the Commissioner of Youth & Sports, Yomi…

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WorldVeg DG praises growth potential of IITA-Abuja station

A two-person delegation from the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) comprising the Director General Marco Wopereis and Victor Afari-Sefa, Acting Regional Director, West and Central Africa,  paid a courtesy visit to the IITA-Abuja station  on 10 August. During the visit, Wopereis  applauded the development and ongoing projects at the station. “I am impressed to see so…

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IITA’s latest annual report now online!

The 2015 IITA Annual Report, Gearing up for impact, is now available online. It features success stories and achievements from the various hubs and projects.

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Wageningen University to partner with IITA on nutrition study

Wageningen University is set to partner with IITA on a nutrition study focused on vegetable consumption patterns among urban citizens of Nigeria. The project is expected to outline the clear determinants that influence consumer behavior with regard to vegetable consumption in Nigeria. The project will analyze purchase behavior patterns and the various motives that may…

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DG Sanginga: I didn’t want to be a farmer…

In the July edition of the monthly E-Magazine of the World Farmers’ Organization F@rmletter, DG Nteranya Sanginga revealed that crude agricultural practices made the sector unattractive to him as a young boy in the DR Congo. “As a farm boy growing up in the DR Congo, I have experienced and seen how farming can be…

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3rd All Africa Horticultural Congress held at IITA, Ibadan

The Nigerian Society for Horticultural Sciences, under the aegis of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) hosted the 3rd All Africa Horticultural Congress (AAHC), at IITA, Ibadan, held 7–12 August. With the theme “Horticulture for improved livelihoods”, the congress aimed to strengthen the voice of African agriculturists in their respective academic, research, and economic…

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National learning alliance gives input to Uganda’s Strategic Program on Climate Resilience

Smallholder farmers dominate the agricultural sector in Uganda and are most vulnerable to climate change because of poverty and reliance on natural resources. Uganda’s agriculture is rainfed and highly vulnerable to climate change. “Low use of external inputs like fertilizers and improved seed, poor land management, and high postharvest losses have further reduced the sector’s…

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AWF Chief impressed with IITA’s work on Intensification for Forest Conservation in DR Congo

Jeff Crisfield, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) based in Washington, D.C., visited IITA’s sustainable agricultural program in the Maringa-Lopori-Wamba (MLW) landscape in the Equateur Province of DR Congo, accompanied by Charly Facheux, AWF Vice President for Conservation Projects; Jimmiel Mandima, AWF Director of US Government Relations; Brian McBrearity, AWF Managing…

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