Senior team visits YIIFSWA-II project sites in Nigeria
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Senior Program Officer of YIIFSWA-II project, Lauren Good and the Project Leader Norbert Maroya, YIIFSWA-II visited project activities in Abuja, the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory as well as sites in Ogun and Oyo states.
The field visit organized by the Project Leader presented an opportunity for the Program Officer to familiarize himself with ongoing seed yam research activities at IITA in Abuja and Ibadan and to interact with two private seed companies affiliated with the project on their seed production and related research activities. The seed companies were also accorded the opportunity to showcase their achievements and share concerns with the project leadership.
Field visits were made to IITA Abuja station, Biocrops Biotechnology Ltd located at the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), IITA Ibadan field trials, hydroponics system, vine cutting, and the Yam Semi-Autotrophic Hydroponic facility. On his way back he visited PS Nutraceuticals, a second seed company based at Wasimi in Ogun State.