Picture of The three stages of a weevil found in a NARO banana trial field

Lack of biocontrol regulations hinders safe and effective management of Musa pests and diseases

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.

Picture of TAAT Program Coordinator, Chrys Akem

TAAT gains momentum with more start-up activities

The implementation of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program continues to gain traction with several start-up activities already undertaken.

Picture of more women in the cassava value chain are in the production and processing nodes.

How gender dynamics affects women’s participation in cassava food value chains in Tanzania

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.

Picture of the Confined Field Trial (CFT) currently being carried out on transgenic cassava

Confined field trial of transgenic cassava is completely safe, says IITA scientist

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.

Picture of SAU delegation with members of R4D group.

IITA to continue collaboration with Samuel Adegboyega University

A delegation from Samuel Adegboyega University (SAU), Ogwa, Edo State, paid a visit to IITA on 4 April following the signing of an MoU with IITA.

Picture of Ambassador Symington bird watching with DG Sanginga and members of IITA’s bird watching team.

US ambassador to Nigeria visits IITA; encourages ecotourism in the country and promotes youth-in-agribiz program

“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.

Picture of IITA Cassava Weed Management Project Leader, Alfred Dixon addressing delegates.

Nigeria cites weeds as major productivity drawback in cassava farming

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.

Picture of Growing yam using aeroponics in the greenhouse.

YIIFSWA II commended for “great start!”

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.

Picture of Lawrence Kent, Senior Officer from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, providing comments during the breakout session.

BASICS Project stakeholders strategize ways to improve cassava productivity in 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)

Picture of IITA DDG Kenton Dashiell giving his opening remarks at IITA-CWMP annual review and planning meeting.

Stakeholders map out strategies to outscale proven weed management technologies to farmers

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.

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