IITA News

Picture of Dr Chikoye welcoming participants to the 2017 SARAH Retreat in Livingstone, Zambia.

IITA-SARAH holds annual Hub retreat

On 21-25 August, staff of the IITA Southern Africa Research and Administrative Hub (SARAH) converged at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge in Livingstone, Zambia, to hold their annual regional Science Week and Retreat. Around 80 members of staff based in Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique—as well as invited guests from IITA-HQ and IITA-Nairobi—attended the 5-day event.

Picture of Dr Chikoye addressing SARAH staff during the IITA@50 cocktail celebration.

Southern Africa Region celebrates IITA’s Golden Jubilee

As a complementary event to the SA Hub retreat, regional staff also celebrated IITA’s 50th founding anniversary with a cocktail on 21 August at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge, fronting the scenic Zambezi River.

IITA’s 50th anniversary features at 14th Malawi National Agriculture Fair

Partners, donors, NGOs, and farmers in Malawi joyfully took part in IITA’s 50th anniversary celebration during the 14th Malawi National Agriculture fair held on 16 ̶18 August in Blantyre.

Picture of Mr Kawalewale in his inoculant production lab.

N2Africa success story: Malawi

This is the second in a series of articles on the beneficiaries /successes of the N2Africa project, a large-scale, science-based, research-in-development project focused on putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers growing legume crops in Africa.

N2Africa in Malawi

IITA-Malawi has been implementing the N2Africa project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, since 2010. Malawi is one of eight countries in Africa where the project is operating.

Picture of Tahirou Abdoulaye giving a presentation at the STMA training.

STMA trains Francophone stakeholders on proficiency upgrade

A 5-day training course on variety testing and seed production of open-pollinated and hybrid seed was held 21–25 August at IITA..

N2Africa success stories: Rwanda

This is the first in a series of articles on the beneficiaries of the N2Africa project, a large-scale, science-based, research-in-development project focused on putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers growing legume crops in Africa.

Picture of Victor Manyong explaining to the former first lady, Salma Kikwete, IITA’s research on aflasafe, an effective biocontrol agent for reducing aflatoxin contamination.

IITA honored for supporting development of Tanzania’s agric sector at “Nane nane” exhibition

The Tanzanian government recognized IITA’s role in supporting the development of the agriculture sector in the country during the week-long national agricultural exhibition held in Lindi-Mtwara, Tanzania, 1–8 August.

Picture of Farmers listening with keen interest to an explanation on postharvest processing of cassava

Local government praises ATASP-1 for improved cassava intervention

A local government official lauds the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme Phase One (ATASP-1) project, describing it as the “first Federal Government program in their community.”

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.

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