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Picture of Dr Ken Dashiell (left) speaking to Shanni Srivastava of UPL, an agrochemical company.

Stakeholders discuss strategies for cocoa rebirth in Nigeria

Strategies to improve cocoa production in the country dominated discussions at a recent conference in IITA held 8-9 August, where stakeholders explored measures to address challenges encountered and possible ways of reviving cocoa to ensure sustainability in Nigeria.

Picture of Jacob Njegela, Research Associate at IITA, explains how aflasafe was developed and manufactured in the lab at IITA East Africa hub.

IITA trains media on aflatoxin and its biocontrol solution aflasafe

IITA recently trained 15 journalists from Tanzania on aflatoxin, its impact on health and trade, and ongoing efforts by IITA in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF) to control this deadly chemical produced by certain types of fungi.

Picture of DG Nteranya Sanginga (left) and Kebbi Governor Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.

Kebbi State Governor seeks collaboration with IITA

The Executive Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, and his team visited IITA on 8 August to seek collaboration on moving their agricultural development agenda forward.

Picture of Dr Bussie Maziya-Dixon (in orange) with the NSPRI delegation visiting the aflasafe plant in IITA, Ibadan.

NSPRI visits IITA to discuss postharvest solutions

The Executive Director of the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), Professor Olufemi Peters and his team, visited IITA on 9 August to seek collaboration on all aspects of postharvest handling of agricultural products.

Picture of agripreneurs showing off the fish ponds.

IITA opens another incubation center!

In 6 months, a group of IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) has developed another thriving agribusiness center in Imo State, southeastern Nigeria.

Picture of Tonny Omwansa, Director, Research Support; Hilde Koper, Deputy Director General, Corporate Services; and Robert Asiedu, Director, West Africa Hub, and Lava Kumar, Head Germplasm Health Unit, launch GHU Online.

Germplasm Health Unit launches single access point platform

IITA’s Germplasm Health Unit (GHU) commissioned the “GHU Online” platform on 31 July at IITA Ibadan as a comprehensive resource for managing research services and data on germplasm health.

Picture of Ms Jacinta Ezurike showing participants how to make various value-added products.

Capacity of youth in agribusiness gets a boost

About 38 youth drawn from Onne, Rivers State, were trained on agribusiness and entrepreneurship and improved agronomic practices and value addition for cassava and plantain/banana.

Picture of IITA Abuja Station Head, Dr Gbassey Tarawali, welcomes Burkina Faso Ambassador and his spouse to IITA.

Burkina Faso’s Ambassador to Nigeria visits IITA Abuja station

The Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Nigeria, His Excellency Dr Firmin Ndo, accompaned by his spouse and aide, visited the IITA station in Abuja recently to “understand IITA’s work and to strengthen the relationship between Burkina Faso and IITA,” Ambassador Ndo said.

Picture of Hon Dr Charles Tizeba, Tanzania’s Minister for Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries (far left), when he visited the Africa RISING Project farmer demonstration site at Kigugu Irrigation Scheme in Mvomero District.

Tanzanian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries cites Africa RISING-NAFAKA project scaling model

The Africa RISING-NAFAKA project’s model for scaling and disseminating improved technologies has been lauded as “exemplary” and the kind of approach needed to ensure sustainability of improved agricultural interventions for farmers said Tanzania’s Minister of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, Hon Dr Charles Tizeba. The Minister made the remarks during his visit to the Africa RISING-NAFAKA…

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Picture of Africa RISING – NAFAKA project partners pose for a group photo during the end-of-phase meeting. Photo by Gloriana Ndibalema, IITA.

Africa RISING–NAFAKA Project legacy under the lens as partners meet for end-of-phase one review meeting

On 3-4 July 2017, partners involved in the Africa RISING-NAFAKA project implementation came together to review achievements made during a largely successful run of the project’s initial 3-year phase. Partners present at the meeting reported on the milestones made on key intervention areas of the project like the introduction of improved crop varieties, good agricultural…

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