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IITA Abuja hosts delegates from Chinese tropical research institute

Under the framework of the memorandum of understanding between the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agriculture (CATAS) and IITA, Prof Liu Haiqing, a CATAS Director, with 12 other delegates visited IITA Abuja Station on 5 September.

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IITA trains ENABLE-Youth Senegal in preparation for implementation phase of project

To learn from the experiences and successes of the IITA Youth Agripreneurs model, 15 beneficiaries of the ENABLE (Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment) Youth Program in Senegal, visited IITA for orientation training on 3–14 September at the IITA-Ibadan campus.

Group photo of meeting participants.

TAAT Cassava Compact holds implementation planning meeting in Zambia

On 11-12 September, IITA-Zambia hosted the cassava compact stakeholders meeting of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program to discuss its implementation in Zambia. In attendance were key stakeholders in the cassava sector in the country including His Royal Highness Senior Chief Kaputa of Kaputa District; the Deputy Director of the Zambia Agriculture Research…

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MasterCard Foundation receives IITA delegation in Kigali

IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga led a delegation from the Institute to the Rwanda office of the MasterCard Foundation on 7 September to explore areas of partnership with the Foundation.

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IITA receives award at Nigerian Risk Awards

IITA was among the awardees at the 2018 Nigerian Risk Awards (NRA) held on 6 September in Lekki, Lagos.

Picture of NCF DG, Muhtari Aminu-Kano, about to plant a tree during the tree planting exercise at IITA Tree Heritage Park

Forest Center commemorates meeting of Nigerian conservation body with tree planting ceremony

IITA and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) have long-standing relationships, covered by a memorandum of understanding, to strengthen conservation activities of the IITA Forest Center (FC) in Ibadan.

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Seedling exhibition for vegetable farmers held in Uganda

Planting healthy vegetable seeds significantly reduces the use of chemical pesticides on vegetable farms thereby limiting exposure to the associated health and environmental risks.

Picture of Research Leader of the Africa-wide Aflasafe Initiative at IITA, Ranajit Bandyopadhyay (left),with Abdou Konlambigue of ATTC (rightmost) and other dignitaries showing off packs of Aflasafe GH02 at its launch in Accra.

Getting to grips with aflatoxin in Ghana with Aflasafe

Aflatoxin is a major threat to health, food security, and trade but positive change was heralded in Accra recently, at the official launch of Aflasafe GH02.

Picture of Irongo Women’s group following discussions on how to better manage household budgets and business activities.

Understanding women’s financial capabilities in South Kivu, DRC

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), women’s opportunities to gain skills in enterprise development and participate in formal savings opportunities are severely limited and high rates of gender-based violence (GBV) further marginalize women from gaining access to microfinance.

Picture of IITA DG Nteranya Sanginga receives the Africa Food Prize on behalf of the institute.

IITA awarded 2018 Africa Food Prize for research leadership and innovation!

IITA is this year’s recipient of the Africa Food Prize. The award was given by the African Green Revolution in Agriculture (AGRA) and was announced during the Award Ceremony and Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Gala Dinner on 7 September in Kigali, Rwanda.

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