Picture of Horn plantain variety ‘Ikpolo Noir’ found in DR Congo

Researchers develop new way to describe plantain diversity in DRC

Researchers studying the morphological (structure and form) diversity of plantain in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have developed an innovative way to describe plantain diversity using descriptors based on performance, grouping them into main, secondary, and rare descriptors.

Picture of training participants in a discussion.

IITA builds capacity on business incubation for ENABLE Youth Sudan team

IITA has conducted a six-day comprehensive training on the establishment and management of successful business incubation programs for the team implementing the Empowering Novel Agribusinesses-Led Employment (ENABLE) Youth program and in charge of managing the platforms.

Global cassava coalition calls for support for cassava transformation in Africa

Ahead of the international conference on cassava, the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) has called on policy makers, donors and the international community to support all efforts that will bring about cassava transformation in Africa.

UNA discovers areas of collaboration with IITA-Benin

As a return visit by an IITA-Benin team, a delegation from the Université Nationale d’Agriculture (UNA) Benin, visited the Institute on 6 March, to familiarize themselves with the activities of the Institute, exchange ideas, and discuss possible areas of collaboration.

Picture of Dr Chris Okafor, OIC of IITA Bukavu Station, talks about IITA to the TropSoc delegation

IITA and the Universität Augsburg, Germany sign cooperation agreement

The Universität Augsburg (UAU) and IITA have signed a cooperation agreement to foster partnership for the development and implementation of collaborative programs.

IITA participates in 2018 “Technology and Innovation Expo”

IITA made a strong appearance at the week-long “Technology and Innovation Expo 2018” that took place in Abuja, 5-9 March.

Picture of IITA exhibition booth, visitor listens to Edwin from aTTC talking about the aflasafe product

IITA joins innovators at annual Nairobi Innovation Week

For the second time in a row, IITA took part in the Nairobi Innovation Week that took place 5-9 March at the University of Nairobi. The Innovation Week has become a flagship program in Kenya that attracts over 2500 delegates from within Kenya and beyond.

Picture of Victor Manyong speaking during a panel discussion with the keynote speakers.

Youth in agribusinesses: The unexplored potential

The majority of youth in the African continent are moving away from rural to urban areas seeking jobs, even in the informal service sector. Yet, empirical evidence shows that over 60% of African employment is in agriculture where the potential for enhanced productivity and value chain development is high.

Picture of Participants at the workshop. Photo by Lucky O. Omoigui, IITA

Tropical Legumes III and HOPE II projects hold in-country review and planning workshop at IITA, Kano

Recently, Tropical Legumes III (TL III) and Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement (HOPE II ) projects held a three-day, in-country review and planning workshop at IITA, Kano Station.

Picture of DG Sanginga meeting with P4D directorate staff in the IITA Boardroom

DG Sanginga sees P4D as the next driver of IITA growth

On 2 March, IITA Director General, Dr Nteranya Sanginga shared his vison for the Institute for the next 3 years, noting that the new drivers of IITA’s growth are projects with development and delivery components.

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