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TAAT Cassava Compact holds implementation planning meeting in Zambia

On 11-12 September, IITA-Zambia hosted the cassava compact stakeholders meeting of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program to discuss its implementation in Zambia. In attendance were key stakeholders in the cassava sector in the country including His Royal Highness Senior Chief Kaputa of Kaputa District; the Deputy Director of the Zambia Agriculture Research…

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Picture of MasterCard Foundation country representative, Mr Alamayehu Konde, taking IITA management around the new MasterCard office in Kigali

MasterCard Foundation receives IITA delegation in Kigali

IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga led a delegation from the Institute to the Rwanda office of the MasterCard Foundation on 7 September to explore areas of partnership with the Foundation.

Picture of Jubilant IITA representatives talking to NRA moderator, L–R Kayode Awobajo, Sylvia Oyinlola, and Rasheed Fagbenro

IITA receives award at Nigerian Risk Awards

IITA was among the awardees at the 2018 Nigerian Risk Awards (NRA) held on 6 September in Lekki, Lagos.

Picture of NCF DG, Muhtari Aminu-Kano, about to plant a tree during the tree planting exercise at IITA Tree Heritage Park

Forest Center commemorates meeting of Nigerian conservation body with tree planting ceremony

IITA and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) have long-standing relationships, covered by a memorandum of understanding, to strengthen conservation activities of the IITA Forest Center (FC) in Ibadan.

Picture of display of healthy seedlings.

Seedling exhibition for vegetable farmers held in Uganda

Planting healthy vegetable seeds significantly reduces the use of chemical pesticides on vegetable farms thereby limiting exposure to the associated health and environmental risks.

Picture of Research Leader of the Africa-wide Aflasafe Initiative at IITA, Ranajit Bandyopadhyay (left),with Abdou Konlambigue of ATTC (rightmost) and other dignitaries showing off packs of Aflasafe GH02 at its launch in Accra.

Getting to grips with aflatoxin in Ghana with Aflasafe

Aflatoxin is a major threat to health, food security, and trade but positive change was heralded in Accra recently, at the official launch of Aflasafe GH02.

Picture of Irongo Women’s group following discussions on how to better manage household budgets and business activities.

Understanding women’s financial capabilities in South Kivu, DRC

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), women’s opportunities to gain skills in enterprise development and participate in formal savings opportunities are severely limited and high rates of gender-based violence (GBV) further marginalize women from gaining access to microfinance.

Picture of IITA DG Nteranya Sanginga receives the Africa Food Prize on behalf of the institute.

IITA awarded 2018 Africa Food Prize for research leadership and innovation!

IITA is this year’s recipient of the Africa Food Prize. The award was given by the African Green Revolution in Agriculture (AGRA) and was announced during the Award Ceremony and Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Gala Dinner on 7 September in Kigali, Rwanda.

Picture of BASICS Project Director, Hemant Nitturkar (right) with IITA DG Nteranya Sanginga.

NASC lauds BASICS project for active participation at Africa Expo

The Governing Board and the management of National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) have recently expressed appreciation for the active participation of the members of the Building an Economically Sustainable, Integrated Cassava Seed System in Nigeria (BASICS) project at the maiden edition of SeedConnect Africa Expo 2018, which was held in Abuja, Nigeria, on 5–6 June.

Picture of Sougrynoma Zainatou Sore, Head of IITA Capacity Development Office, giving a presentation on IITA’s activities from inception to date.

Ivorian delegates visit IITA; acquire knowledge for ENABLE Youth implementation

As a sequel to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between IITA and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to replicate the ENABLE (Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment) Youth program in the country, 10 delegates from the Ivorian government visited IITA Headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria on 27–31 August

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