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MAIZE announces 2019 Youth Innovators Awards – Africa

IITA has developed a reputation as an organization that provides equal opportunities for every willing person to learn and grow. Apart from the regular staff, IITA has a training mandate that provides opportunity for young people to work as interns and volunteers. Volunteering at IITA allows a volunteer to interact with professionals from different backgrounds,…

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IITA-CWMP develops mobile app for smallholder farmers

The IITA Cassava Weed Management Project (IITA-CWMP) has developed a mobile application that helps farmers to apply the correct dose of herbicides on cassava and other field crops. In most rural communities in Africa, the use of knapsack sprayers is common, and the challenge has been the difficulty of farmers knowing exactly what quantity of…

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R4D SpecialPriority – setting in Climate-smart Agricultural Research: A step further in ensuring food security in Africa

A team of scientists, including Philip K. Thornton, Anthony Whitbread, and Lieven Claessens, under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), from several international research organizations including IITA, have identified the need to intensify agricultural research for development, so as to meet the Sustainable Development Goals associated with food production,…

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IITA BoT Chairman visits Abuja Station

On 15 January, the IITA Board of Trustee (BoT) Chair, Dr Amos Namanga Ngongi, was hosted at the IITA-Abuja Station as part of his visit to the Nigerian capital. He was received by the Head of IITA-Abuja Station, Gbassey Tarawali and the Senior Management Team who gave a brief on the research and delivery activities…

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New book showcases 50 years of IITA’s plant health research

Over the past 50 years, IITA has been at the fore of research on plant health issues in Africa ranging from the safe handling and movement of germplasm and seed to identifying and managing threats to crops in the region. These play a major role in the overall food production of the continent, affecting both…

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IITA-Cameroon Women’s Group holds scholarship award ceremony

On 19 December, to mark the 2018 edition of the IITA Women`s Group Award Scholarship program, 10-year-old Mbounda El-Hannah, a Junior Secondary School student, and Mbounda-Mbuh Samuel, 12-year-old Senior Secondary School student, received awards worth US$450 each. The ceremony, which took place at the buckaroo in the IITA Campus in Yaoundé, was presided over by…

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IITA and Nelson Mandela Africa Institution of Science and Technology to strengthen relationship

IITA and Nelson Mandela Africa Institution for Science and Technology (NM-AIST) have agreed to strengthen their collaboration in efforts to build Africa’s capacity for science and technology. The agreement was made during a courtesy visit to the University’s Vice Chancellor, Emmanuel Luoga, at its campus in Arusha, Tanzania, by a delegation from IITA led by…

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IITA alumnus receives 2019 Japan Prize for outstanding achievements in soil management

On 16 January, Rattan Lal, an eminent IITA alumnus and a University Professor of Soil Science at College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), Ohio State University, was awarded the 2019 Japan Prize, considered one of the most prestigious honors in science and technology. The award was for original and outstanding research on sustainable…

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Building regional capacity to contain Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD) spread in West Africa

A training workshop on “Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD) diagnosis, surveillance and emergency response” was held 14 to 16 January 2019 at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria. The workshop, sponsored by the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (CRP-RTB), was attended by 20 participants from Togo – Direction de la Protection des Végétaux (DPV), Institut…

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Social media coverage culminates in top Twitter awards

Social media is a critical component of IITA’s integrated communication strategy to create greater engagement with its network of strategic partners, experts, and influencers who support the Institute’s vision of transforming African agriculture. The IITA Communication Unit organized a competition for the most proficient Twitter users among the scientists and hubs during the 2018 Partnerships…

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