IITA News

Picture of Director Hussein Mansoor officially opening the symposium.

13th meeting of experts on roots crops in Africa a great success

The 13th International Symposium of the International Society for Root and Tuber Crops – Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB) that recently took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 6–10 March, was a resounding success, according to many participants.

Picture of Rudolph Shirima.

IITA researcher declared best oral presenter at the ISTRC-AB

IITA Research Associate, Rudolph Shirima, gave the best oral presentation at the recently concluded ISTRC-AB symposium. His presentation “Assessment of the degeneration rates of selected cassava varieties under high cassava virus pressure in Coastal Tanzania” was declared the best presentation out of the over 50 oral presentations made.

Sanni is reelected as ISTRC-AB President for another term as many other key office bearers retain their seats

There were few changes to the Executive Committee of ISTRC-AB as many of the current office bearers including the current President, Prof Lateef Sanni, retained their seats for another three-year term as a result of their excellent performance in their first term of office.

Picture of Happy 50th birthday IITA! – Cutting cake to mark IITA’s 50th anniversary.

IITA marks 50th anniversary with ISTRC-AB participants

IITA hosted participants of the ISTRC-AB Symposium for a welcome cocktail at its offices in Dar es Salaam as part of events to mark its 50th Anniversary.

IITA’s DG and scientists honored for their outstanding contribution to development of root crops in Africa

The International Society for Tropical Root Crops-Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB) has appreciated the contribution of 10 scientists including the Director General of IITA towards the development of root and tuber crops in Africa. This took place at a gala dinner hosted by the Society at its recently concluded 13th Triennial Symposium held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 6–10 March 2017.

Picture of Cassava roots

Three Liberian journals feature IITA’s work on cassava

Three Liberian journals recently reported how a series of training using IITA’s improved cassava varieties has empowered and is now helping farmers fight poverty and malnutrition in the country.

Picture of The DDG-CS cutting the cake.

DDG-Corporate Services visits IITA-SARAH

Deputy Director General for Corporate Services, Hilde Koper-Limbourg, was at the IITA Southern Africa Research and Administration Hub (IITA-SARAH) at Kabangwe, Lusaka Province, Zambia 14 to 17 March as part of her familiarization and monitoring tour of the regional Hubs.

Picture of DG Sanginga meeting with DPA Dzucula (extreme left) while Chikoye and Boahen look on.

IITA-Mozambique hosts DG Sanginga

On 21 to 22 March, IITA-Mozambique hosted IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga, for a two-day visit to oversee preparations for the upcoming Board of Trustees (BoT) meeting, the official inauguration of the new IITA-Mozambique facilities in Nampula, and the local celebration of IITA’s 50th anniversary slated to be held there on 8-12 May.

Picture of IITA’s Manyong (middle) hosts guests at the exhibition booth.

IITA technologies receive a lot of attention at the Nairobi Innovation Week

IITA was among the hundred plus organizations that showcased their work at the 3rd Nairobi Innovation Week, an annual signature event organized by the University of Nairobi and other key stakeholders to celebrate and recognize innovations that are relevant to Kenyan society.

Picture of Mala Kachalla (center) is one of the wheat scientists sponsored by the SARD-SC wheat project.

Two wheat scientists graduate with full scholarships from the SARD-SC Wheat project

In August and September 2016, two students, Mala Kachalla from Nigeria and Bruce Mutari from Zimbabwe, respectively graduated with a master’s degree after successful studies funded by the SARD-SC wheat project. The AfDB-funded SARD-SC wheat component of ICARDA runs a scholarship program to build the capacity of African researchers in various segments of the wheat sector.

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