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Virologists discuss alleviating plant virus disease impact on food security in Nigeria at first national conference

Virologists discuss alleviating plant virus disease impact on food security in Nigeria at first national conference

The Nigerian Society for Plant Virology (NSPV) held its maiden conference at the IITA Ibadan campus to inaugurate the society and discuss ways plant virology can improve food security in Nigeria such that its impact spreads throughout Africa. The conference, which was held from 28 to 31 October, assembled over 70 scientists and students from…

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“Let’s train more youth in agribusiness,” Senator of Oyo South calls

“Let’s train more youth in agribusiness,” Senator of Oyo South calls

On 1 November, Senator Kola Balogun of Oyo South senatorial district visited IITA to explore partnership opportunities in the agricultural development of Oyo South senatorial district, Oyo State. He was welcomed by Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery who said, “We have partnerships with federal and state governments, and private organizations.” Senator…

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IITA Eastern Africa Hub sets out agenda for Institute’s future in the region

IITA Eastern Africa Hub sets out agenda for Institute’s future in the region

The IITA Eastern Africa Hub organized a two and a half-day retreat for its staff in Nairobi, Kenya, with the theme ‘Beyond our vision—shaping our future, together!’ During the event, the hub team with members drawn from Kenya, Madagascar, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, looked at their past achievements, including the development of the first-ever East…

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IITA GoSeed launches first e-commerce site for breeder and foundation seed in Nigeria

IITA GoSeed launches first e-commerce site for breeder and foundation seed in Nigeria

IITA GoSeed, a unit of the IITA Business Incubation Platform (BIP), launched the first e-commerce website in Nigeria, making breeder and foundation seed of the best varieties of important food crops available. The website was officially unveiled at a promo day highlighting IITA’s smart tools for smart farming, and buyers can now order online at…

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Why Plant Health?

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The objective of IYPH is to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development. IITA joins the rest of the world in commemorating IYPH. Over the…

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IITA joins partners to foster innovations in agricultural sector

IITA partnered with the organizers of the International Conference and Expo on Research and Innovations in Agriculture (ICERIA) to celebrate research milestones and innovations in agriculture while creating awareness to facilitate opportunities for networking, collaboration, and exchange of ideas with renowned leaders in agriculture. The conference, themed “Harnessing Agricultural Innovations for Economic Development,” took place…

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YIIFSWA-II seed yam production technologies displayed at ICERIA 2019

YIIFSWA-II seed yam production technologies displayed at ICERIA 2019

Agrobusiness Times kick-started its initiative for promoting agricultural innovations for economic development as part of the inaugural International Conference and Expo on Research and Innovations in Agriculture (ICERIA) which took place at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) in Victoria Island, Lagos on 24 October. The conference with the theme, “Harnessing Sustainable Agricultural Innovations…

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Scientists prepped for nutrition survey

Scientists prepped for nutrition survey

A team of scientists has been trained to carry out a nutrition survey in selected communities throughout Nigeria. The week-long training workshop, which took place from 27 October to 2 November, focused on preparing the scientists for the field and designing a good survey. IITA Head of Administration, West Africa Hub, Sylvia Oyinlola, welcomed the…

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Cotonou hosts fruit fly recognition and impact training course

Cotonou hosts fruit fly recognition and impact training course

IITA-Benin hosted a regional training course on “Modern Taxonomy and Identification Tools of Fruit Fly Species in Africa” in Cotonou, 23 to 27 September. The training course, jointly funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was conducted in close collaboration with the University of…

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IITA staff and partners trained on statistical analysis using R

The IITA Capacity Development Office (CDO) facilitated a 4-day training on “Statistical analysis using R programming” from 27 to 30 August. The training taught participants about ‘R’, the commonly used statistical package for data analysis. The trainees were IITA staff and partners from Abuja, Ibadan, Kano, as well as others from Ghana and Mali, who…

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