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Success Stories: Turning cassava into cash in Malawi

Kaboma Banda, sitting under the shadow of a partially leafy tree in his courtyard, peels off a gigantic cassava tuber. His grass-thatched house located in the somewhat hilly terrain of Chintheche village in Nkhata Bay District of Northern Malawi is only accessible through craggy paths lined with shrubs and arid grass. But the 48-year old…

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IITA Kano hosts CSAT project implementation partners from Mali and Niger Republic

A team of CSAT/IITA project staff and collaborating partners from Mali and Niger Republic visited IITA, Kano Station on 15 October as part of the four-day exchange visit aimed at facilitating knowledge transfer and sharing experience on improved agricultural technologies in the development of smallholder agriculture productivity. Mr Reuben leading the field visit. Photo by…

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IITA joins other CGIAR centers to provide support to rebuild Somalia’s Agriculture sector

IITA and eight other CGIAR centers have met with officials from the Government of Somalia and several agriculture development partners to put together a plan to rehabilitate Somalia’s agricultural sector following years of conflict in the country. The meeting took place on 24 September at ICRAF offices in Nairobi, Kenya. Donor organizations with development programs…

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IITA launches new Bibliography

IITA launches new Bibliography

To fulfill its open access mandate, IITA has launched an upgrade of the Institute’s research and knowledge output repository, the IITA Bibliography. The new version was unveiled on 14 August as part of the IITA Communication Open House, which took place in Ibadan, Nigeria. The new IITA Bibliography is built on the open-source DSpace software;…

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ATASP-I sorghum outreach green mini field days showcase various production technologies

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), under the Sorghum Outreach implementation activities of the Nigeria Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program – Phase 1 (ATASP-1) for 2019 held green mini field days in seven communities and Nana Asma’u Girls Secondary School, Kamba, Dandi Local Government Area (LGA) all in Kebbi-Sokoto Staple Crops…

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Creating awareness on reporting climate smart agriculture and nutrition

IITA-Tanzania organized a media awareness session on “Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) and nutrition” in commemoration of World Food Day 2019. It aimed at increasing the knowledge and understanding of the media on issues around climate change and its impact on agriculture and rural communities. In addition, it focused on understanding the concepts, principles, and approaches…

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IITA scientist highlights healthy diets at World Food Day seminar

World Food Day (WFD) is celebrated annually on 16 October and dedicated to tackle hunger across the globe. The global community observes this day to commemorate the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which raises awareness about problems in food supply, distribution, and security. The theme for this year’s observance is…

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Nutritious Food Fair 2019 calls for intensified efforts at ensuring adequate nutrition for everyone

The fifth edition of the HarvestPlus Nutritious Food Fair (NFF) with the theme “Nutrition is everybody’s business” is taking place at IITA HQ, Ibadan. NFF is an annual flagship event of HarvestPlus Nigeria, which aims to drive the production, consumption, and marketing of nutritious food in Nigeria. This year, the event spans through 13‒15 November….

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Obasanjo urges industrial scale agriculture for self-sufficiency in Africa

Obasanjo urges industrial scale agriculture for self-sufficiency in Africa

Former Nigerian President and IITA Goodwill Ambassador, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has called for the adoption of agriculture as a business, which when implemented on an industrial scale will generate employment, especially among youth, as well as drastically reduce national food import bills. He made the remarks in Kalambo, Democratic Republic of Congo, during the inauguration…

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In front of the inauguration slab (L-R): President Felix Tshisekedi of DR Congo; Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; and IITA Director General, Dr Nteranya Sanginga.

IITA names Kalambo station “The President Olusegun Obasanjo Research Campus”

IITA has named its research station in Kalambo, Democratic Republic of Congo, after former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo in an event that took place on 8 October. The IITA Board of Trustees decided to name the station after Obasanjo in recognition of his contributions to agricultural research throughout Africa. This was also an acknowledgement of…

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