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Delegation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Tanzania impressed with IITA research

A high level delegation from Tanzania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation toured IITA in its Eastern Africa hub in Dar es Salaam to better understand the institute and its activities in the country.

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CSIR seeks to strengthen partnership with IITA

Stella Ennin, Director of Crops Research Institute, (CSIR) Ghana, has applauded IITA for the recent developments and its research, during her visit and tour of the Institute’s facilities.

IITA’s research sparks interest of new British Deputy High Commissioner

The new British Deputy High Commissioner, Her Excellency, Laure Beaufils, who assumed duty on 20 February in Lagos, has expressed keen interest on behalf of the British government in partnering with IITA.

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IITA Deputy Director General visits IITA-Eastern Hub, Tanzania

Hilde Koper-Limbourg, IITA Deputy Director General, Corporate Services (DDG-CS) earlier this month visited the IITA East Africa hub in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where she met and held discussions with all the staff and scientists on issues related to Corporate Services.

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Agripreneurs undergo training on business startups

To further enhance the skills of IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) in developing bankable business plans and in securing business start-up funds from financial institutions, Ekimiks Nigeria Limited in partnership with IITA, organized an 8-day workshop for Agripreneurs in Ibadan on 15-24 February.

Humidtropics publication now out

Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture publication is available.

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MEDA, IITA, and Agriculture Ministry to build an economically sustainable seed system for cassava in Tanzania

Cassava farmers and processors in Tanzania have another reason to smile as a new project to address one of their major challenges―the lack of access to clean planting material of new improved, disease-resistant varieties―is launched.

Picture of Kenton Dashiell, IITA DDG, Partnerships for Delivery (left), presents the implementation document of the Forum to His Excellency, Engr. Dave Umahi, the executive Governor of Ebonyi state.

The Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum activates drive to end hunger in Nigeria by 2025

Members of the Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum have taken proactive steps to ensure that malnutrition and hunger will no longer be experienced in the country by 2025. To achieve this goal, the forum agreed during the launch of its “Synthesis Report of the Nigeria Zero Hunger Strategic Review” earlier last month to select five pilot…

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Managers and scientists fashion novel pathway for IITA’s Analytical Service Laboratory

IITA is on course to be the first research Institute that will have a world class Analytical Service Laboratory (ASL) in Africa. This was the crux of the deliberations by managers and scientists of the IITA ASL when they met in Nairobi on 13-15 February. During the meeting, the experts designed some strategic pathways for…

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IITA scientists debunk misconceptions about imminent global banana shortage

In an article entitled “Why we should all get off the banana shortage bandwagon” published in the Adjacent Open Access journal of 9 February, IITA researchers Rony Swennen and James Legg said the recent reports of an imminent global banana shortage are overblown and self-serving. According to the report, Panama disease may be a threat…

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