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Picture of IITA representatives at the 17th annual congress of the AFSTA in Senegal.

‘GoSeed’ to join the African Seed Trade Association

Africa still remains a minor player in the global seed trade, accounting for less than 2%. In recognition of the important role quality seeds could play in feeding Africa’s teeming population statistically projected to exceed 2 billion by 2050, GoSeed—the arm of IITA’s Business Incubation Platform (BIP) responsible for the production, marketing, distribution, and sale of quality certified seeds to farmers―has registered its interest in becoming a member of the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA).

Picture of Afolabi presenting a certificate of credence to IITA on behalf of all Nigerian undergraduates.

Nigerian students acknowledge IITA’s efforts in alleviating unemployment

The body covering every Nigerian undergraduate has cited IITA for its excellent efforts in creating employment for Nigerian graduates every year.

Picture of Elizabeth Parkes, cassava expert, leads the team from Ebonyi on a tour around IITA facilities.

Ebonyi State delegates seek IITA’s intervention to move the country’s Zero Hunger goal forward

In continuance of the Zero Hunger Initiative which is geared towards unlocking the potentials of the country and ensuring the nation’s emancipation from the shackles of hunger and poverty by 2030, a team of nine stakeholders in agriculture from Ebonyi State approached IITA on 16 March for guidance on a course of action.

IITA makes headway in structure revitalizing effort; recruits new DDG-R4D and directors

IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga, this week, in an update to the Board of Trustees and staff, announced the recruitment of three key staff in the Institute: May-Guri Saethre, the new Deputy Director General (Research for Development), who takes over Ylva Hillbur, who left IITA in February; Director of Research Support Tonny Omwansa, and Director of Delivery and Development Alfred Dixon.

US journal cites IITA as outstanding partner for progress

Foremost agricultural journal of American farmers—The Progressive Farmer—has said that IITA’s partnership with the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean Value Chain Research (SIL) is providing the needed technical support to improve agriculture and address African nutritional needs. The innovation lab which is located at the University of Illinois also collaborates with researchers from…

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Sister projects come together for their beneficiaries

As the 2017 planting season in Nigeria draws to a close, stakeholders from two IITA projects being sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation came together in Kano to align plans and activities for their beneficiaries.

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Bearing Burdens: Carrier Women and creating opportunities for change in Bukavu, DRC

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.  Yet, women worldwide continue to be over-represented in the informal sector, characterized by low skills and wages, poor rates of remuneration that disfavor women, and discrimination and violence against women. Women in Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, face significant challenges…

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IITA DG is doing great work in the Institute—ACG Lawal

During a visit to update management of the new changes in the Nigerian Immigration Service, Olaseni Lawal, the Zone ‘F’ Assistant Comptroller-General (ACG) commended DG Nteranya Sanginga for elevating IITA to an enviable standard.

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ATASP-1 intensifies production of planting materials at Onne station

The Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme, Phase 1 (ATASP-1) under its Cassava Outreach Program, has intensified large-scale production of planting materials at the newly revitalized IITA High Rainfall Station in Onne, Rivers State.

Picture of Tarawali showing the AGRA delegation around the premises.

AGRA Regional Head visits IITA-Abuja, explores areas of mutual collaboration

A 3-member delegation from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), led by its West Africa Regional Head, Fadel Ndiame, visited IITA in Abuja on 23 February.

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