A major thrust to develop and deploy safe and effective biological control methods to manage and reduce crop damage from pests and diseases in banana and enset is under way through MUSA2020, an EU-supported project.
A team of researchers working in Tanzania has conducted a gendered mapping of the structure and functioning of the traditional cassava value chain in Kigoma, Mwanza, Coastal Region and Zanzibar Island of Tanzania.
The Confined Field Trial currently being carried out on transgenic cassava at an IITA site has been described as “completely safe with absolutely no risk of contamination to local cassava varieties.” Anna Carluccio, a scientist on the research team at IITA, said this in an interview.
“For too long, Nigerians have lived in one place and forgotten what it is like to live in another,” said W. Stuart Symington, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, during a visit with his team to IITA headquarters, Ibadan, Oyo state, 15-16 April.
Commissioners of Agriculture in Nigeria’s cassava growing belt have declared weeds a major cause of low yield in cassava and the main constraint limiting the competitiveness of cassava farmers in the country.
The 2nd annual progress review and planning meeting of the Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa phase two (YIIFSWA-II) project was held 5-8 March at IITA Headquarters in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
To build an economically sustainable seed system that is profitable for the entire cassava seed value chain and in due course, the Nigerian farmers and the community, the project, BASICS hosted stakeholders for a three-day annual review and planning meeting (ARPM)
IITA Cassava Weed Management Project held its 2018 annual review and work planning meeting, on 19–20 March, at IITA HQ, to discuss achievements over the years and draw a roadmap on how to actively engage stakeholders to help outscale proven weed management technologies to farmers.