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IITA alumnus wins first Africa food prize

Kanayo Nwanze, President of IFAD, and an IITA alumnus, was awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize at the African Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, on 7 September.

Picture of DGs Kireger (KALRO) and Sanginga shaking hands after the signing.

IITA and KALRO agree to jointly manufacture and market aflasafe KE01™ to reduce aflatoxin contamination in Kenya

IITA and the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) have agreed to jointly manufacture and market aflasafe Ke01™, a revolutionary biocontrol product, which consistently reduces aflatoxin in treated food and feed by 80–99%–in Kenya for an initial period of five years. This was after the Director Generals of the two institutions—IITA’s Nteranya Sanginga and…

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Picture of AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina made history as the first Nigerian president of the AfDB group.

TAAT & ENABLE: major initiatives in the Africa Transformation Agenda

AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina pledged US$24 billion to mobilize the private sector to support the transformation of the continent’s agriculture sector over the next 10 years. This also includes initiatives such as the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) and the Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment (ENABLE) Youth initiative. IITA is a major partner and implementer…

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Picture of IITA’s Ranajit Bandyopadhyay (right): (L-R) KALRO Director Eliud Kiplimo Kireger, Kenya’s Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Willy Bett, and USAID’s Beth Dunford

IITA showcases aflasafe KE01™ and transformation research to top officials of USAID and Kenya Agriculture Ministry

IITA was one of the three CGIAR centers invited to showcase its technologies/research efforts to top officials from Kenya’s Agriculture Ministry and USAID that included the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Willy Bett and the USAID Assistant to the Administrator Bureau of Food Security, Beth Dunford.

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IITA joins efforts to secure Africa’s rise through Agriculture Transformation at the 2016 AGRF

Representatives from IITA joined the over 1,500 dignitaries from 40 countries gathered at the 6th Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) held 9–12 September in Nairobi, Kenya, to brainstorm on how to achieve economic development in Africa through transformation of the agriculture sector.

Picture of Veronica Kichanta and Julius Muli, IITA Agripreneurs fromTanzania and Kenya, respectively, at the IITA stand, CGIAR exhibition.

IITA participates in CGIAR exhibition

IITA took part in a CGIAR-wide exhibition at the 2016 AGRF. Other centers included ILRI, CIP, CIAT, and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change and Food Security (CCAFs). At the exhibition and in line with the AGRA theme, IITA showcased two of the technologies from its Business Incubation Platform (BIP)—Aflasafe and Nodumax, and the…

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Aflasafe commercialization team holds workshop at IITA-Ibadan

Stakeholders of the Aflasafe Technology Transfer and Commercialization (ATTC) project held a 3-day, kick-off workshop to develop a cohesive understanding of the vision and scope of the commercialization component of the project, approach, and expected outcomes.

Picture of Margaret Mangheni of Makerere University in Uganda and Hale Tufan of Cornell University co-lead the GREAT training course in Uganda. Photo by D. Torrington, Cornell.

Training agricultural researchers to be more gender-responsive

Peter Kulakow, IITA breeder and Elizabeth Parkes, HarvestPlus breeder are part of a 16-person training panel for 11 teams of 33 researchers from four continents participating in a training on “Gender Responsive Root, Tuber, and Banana Breeding,” 12-21 September in Kampala, Uganda.

Picture of Tarawali leading the visitors to the Youth Training Center and Agripreneurs’ Work Station that is under construction.

Advanced AfDB presidential party visits IITA Abuja Station

A two-member delegation comprising the Regional Director of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dore Ousmane, and the AfDB Chief of Staff and Director of Cabinet, Sipho Moyo, were at the IITA Abuja Station on 8 September.

Picture of DG Sanginga cutting the ribbon during the commissioning of the BASICS office, in IITA,Ibadan, with BASICS project coordinator Hemant Nitturkar.

BASICS project office launched

IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga recently commissioned the offices of the new project Building an Economically Sustainable, Integrated Cassava Seed System (BASICS) in IITA headquarters, Ibadan, on 15 September in a formal ceremony attended by other IITA Management members, staff and scientists. BASICS was set up to develop a sustainable cassava seed value chain in…

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