IITA News

Picture of Dr Kolade in the field with the ‘Leaf Doctor’ App

AfricaYam project wins ISTRC best poster award

The poster paper of the AfricaYam project on “Yam anthracnose phenotyping” was adjudged the best poster of the 18th Triennial Symposium of the International Society for Tuber and Root Crops (ISTRC) held 22–25 October at Cali, Colombia.

Picture of Latifa Mrisho, A PhD student at IITA, giving a presentation on the app to potential partners in Tanzania

Exploring partnership to get AI app for disease diagnostics into farmers’ hands

“Nuru,” a Swahili word meaning “light”, is a smartphone app that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to diagnose, in real time, crop pests and diseases. It was developed by Pennsylvania State University (PSU), USA, in partnership with the plant pathology team at IITA-Tanzania led by James Legg. The app is able to…

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Picture of Francis Onyilo, IITA PhD student, (3rd from left, on the second line) with other selected felleows and the WFP organizers

IITA PhD student among 10 top fellows selected to attend the 2018 World Food Prize

A PhD student at IITA, Francis Onyilo, was among the 10 fellows of the Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agricultural Programme (Borlaug LEAP) selected to attend this year’s World Food Prize festivities in Des Moines, Iowa. The 10 were selected based on their excellence in research, mentorship, and leadership. The main purpose for the participation of…

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DDG P4D tours Eastern Africa hub

IITA Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery (DDG-P4D), Kenton Dashiell, embarked on a two-day tour of IITA’s Eastern Africa hub in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 1–2 November. During the visit, he met the staff, Tanzania Youth Agripreneurs, and partners. At the end of the visit, Dashiell said he was very impressed with the warm…

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Picture of quest of honor, Prof Siza Tumbo, giving the opening remarks

Stakeholders in Tanzania plan cassava transformation to support agriculture-led socioeconomic development

The Cassava Compact of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) led by IITA and funded by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) has initiated activities in Tanzania, with a three-day national stakeholders’ workshop.

Picture of Kenton Dashiell, IITA DDG-P4D (3rd from left) with the Advisory Council members and AgResults staff

AgResults holds Advisory Council meeting; deliberates on future plans

AgResults Aflasafe™ pilot project held its quarterly meeting on 19 October, at IITA AgResults-Aflasafe conference room, to update, exchange ideas, and create a platform for interaction between the project’s National Advisory Council members and the project management staff.

Picture of Quadri Lekan, the Director of Tree Crop Unit and Dr Olayiwola Olubamiwa, the Director of CRIN, cutting the ribbon to launch the CocoaSoils program

Stakeholders strategize to revive cocoa in Nigeria during CocoaSoils program launch

The official launch of the CocoaSoils project was held at Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Oyo State, Nigeria, on 16 October.

Group photograph of Seed System Specialists and farmers appreciating their high yield

IITA and partners propose sustainable seed system as a solution

Seeds are fundamental to the continuity of agriculture. A seed is the propagative part of a crop that is preserved for growing a new crop.

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Japanese Ambassador visits IITA; looks for further collaboration

The Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, His Excellency Yutaka Kikuta, on 17 October paid a courtesy visit to the IITA Headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria to meet with senior IITA management.

Picture of participants at the FAW “plan to action” meeting

IITA-led fall armyworm compact holds regional “plan to action” meeting to control pest in East Africa

An Africa-wide initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), in partnership with IITA to mobilize regional efforts to stop the spread of fall armyworm (FAW)—an invasive pest threatening food supply and incomes of millions of African smallholder farmers—has been launched in East Africa.

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