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Stakeholders hail climate change district learning alliances

We need a special committee or government agency to address issues of climate change in the country, something similar to a committee that was formed in the past to deal with HIV/AIDS”. This was said by Lucas Shemndolwa, the recently elected Lushoto District Council Chairperson during a reflection meeting attended by members of the Lushoto…

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N2Africa reaches out to 20,000 plus households in Tanzania with improved legume technologies

At least 23,828 households in Tanzania have been reached with improved technologies for legume production while at least 1,365 farmers have been trained on how to use these technologies with significant increases in yield being realized by those who have adopted the new technologies. The technologies included the use of quality seeds of improved legume…

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IITA and policy action partners contribute to approved Single Spine National Extension Policy and Strategy for Uganda

The Cabinet of the Government of Uganda approved the National Agricultural Extension Policy (NAEP) and its strategy (NAES) in October, marking another major milestone for the IITA-coordinated Policy Action for Sustainable Intensification of Cropping systems (PASIC) and its policy action partners and projects. These include the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Enabling…

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Farmers’ field day and donation of 200 hectares of land at Mokwa

IITA’s Maize Improvement Program (MIP) with support from Robert Asiedu, the IITA West Africa Regional Hub Director, organized a farmers’ field day on 29 October to demonstrate maize technologies for combating Striga hermonthica prevalent on the fields of smallholder maize farmers in Mokwa, Niger State and its environs. The day also marked the official inauguration and…

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IITA scientist and spouse counsel young innovators in Nigeria

The 2016 edition of the annual Nigeria Innovation Summit (NIS), themed “Innovation: A Key Driver of Economic Growth and Sustainable Development”, was held on 3 and 4 November at Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Ikeja. NIS is an initiative led by Emerging Media & Advertising Services, New York, and Emerging Media Nigeria. It partners with the world’s…

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Nigerian senators extol IITA’s “impressive” role in Africa

In the wake of the launching of IITA’s 50th anniversary celebration, seven Nigerian lawmakers constituting the country’s Senate Committee on Agriculture visited IITA this week, praising IITA’s efforts in undertaking agricultural research that “continues to show impressive results”. They have also indicated an interest in using the Institute’s technologies to develop the agricultural blueprint of…

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AVEC-BF provides best options for cowpea farmers in Burkina Faso

A series of farmers’ participatory varietal selection (FPVS) for cowpea in Burkina Faso conducted by the IITA AVEC-BF project, has resulted in the identification of best choice varieties for the country. The trials, which have been in progress since 2010, have assisted over 3,500 farmers to identify and grow best-fit cowpea options for their specific regions….

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Good news for bakers!

Bakers in Liberia now join their counterparts in Nigeria in producing bromate-free bread using high quality cassava flour (HQCF) in combination with wheat flour and cassava enzymes. This healthier alternative is being promoted by IITA as an option for bakers who have had to contend with low grade wheat flour with low gluten content widespread…

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Cassava mechanization workshop at IITA-Ibadan

The need to improve the production process of cassava farming systems in Africa through improved methods brought together key stakeholders from several countries last week to IITA- Ibadan. The two-day workshop, which took place following a mechanization workshop organized by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) in Abeokuta, was aimed at integrating important elements that…

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IITA scientist’s intervention enables struggling MSc student to finalize studies

Elias Oyesigye was struggling to finish his studies on time. That was until the collaboration of an IITA scientist with the University professors and the Mozambique’s Ministry of Agriculture that saw him smoothly finalize his research and successfully defend his thesis with high marks. Elias is a Ugandan national on a scholarship through the INTRA-ACP…

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