IITA News

Picture of participants of the Plant Genome Editing workshop

Training workshop on plant genome editing: From design to analysis

IITA-Nairobi hosted a workshop on genome editing in plants, 19 to 20 June. They organized this workshop in collaboration with Iowa State University (ISU), USA under the BREAD project: Genome-enabled Platforms for Yam.

Picture of visitors from Rwanda and Burundi testing out TOSCI's cassava certification protocol

Seed health experts from Burundi and Rwanda visit Tanzania to learn about cassava seed systems

The Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI) and the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), supported by IITA and Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), have made great strides in establishing a commercial seed system for cassava in the country.

Picture of Dr Tarawali delivering the welcome remarks

IITA co-hosts Food Systems workshop in Abuja

IITA in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Netherlands, recently co-organized a two-day stakeholder workshop on Food Systems for Healthier Diets (FSHD) in Nigeria, under the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).

Group photograph of the IFAD CARE training participants and their facilitators
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CARE Fellowship awardees equipped with relevant research skills to enhance agribusiness in Africa

On 2–6 June, IITA organized a workshop for the 20 successful fellows that qualified for the research grant for “Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa,” funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Picture of Leena Tripathi cutting the ribbon to officially commission the new FMS building in Dar es Salaam

New FMS building commissioned in Tanzania

IITA-Tanzania recently inaugurated a new office building for the Facilities Management Services (FMS) and archive for documents at its premises in Dar es Salaam.

Picture of Professor Shiiwua Manu, Director, APLORI, at the University of Jos, explaining to the participants the importance of field techniques in forest bird ecology, IBA workshop

Forest Center continues to champion ecology awareness with IBA monitoring workshop

The Important Bird Area (IBA) Monitoring Workshop with the theme “Field techniques in forest bird ecology,” organized by the AG Leventis-funded IITA Forest Center, took place on 26–28 June.

Picture of IITA DDG Partnerships for Delivery Kenton Dashiell (second from right) with other panelists and the organizer at the ALP Seminar

Stakeholders propose development plans to transform Nigeria’s agriculture sector

Stakeholders in the agriculture sector came together on 21 June at the 7 th Annual ALP Seminar to discuss challenges and opportunities affecting the transformation of Nigeria’s agriculture and agro-allied sector.

Picture of Governor Godwin Obaseki (left) and DG Nteranya Sanginga (center) discussed areas of collaboration

Edo State and IITA explore areas of collaboration on cassava

The Edo State Government and IITA agreed to join forces to bring about transformational change in cassava, as the oil-rich state embarks on reforms to diversify its economy.

Picture of the ILRI team with some IITA-Kalambo staff and farmers during the visit to a field site

IITA and ILRI teams reflect on ongoing activities under the Crop–Livestock Integration Project

IITA-Kalambo Station, in April, hosted an International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) team from the United Kingdom, Nairobi, and Bujumbura on a study visit to reflect on and learn from ongoing activities being implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Picture of Farmers looking at the improved sorghum varieties intercropped with cowpea at their demonstration site.

Supporting farmers in Tanzania to cope with climate change

IITA has established three demonstration sites in Dodoma region to showcase to farmers appropriate Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices for arid and semi-arid areas.

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