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IITA signs MoU with CATAS on improved crop varieties and cultivation techniques

IITA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Chinese  Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) to enhance the introduction of new crop varieties and cultivation techniques to IITA in the next five years. Speaking at the signing of the MoU held at IITA Nigeria (Abuja), Gbassey Tarawali, who signed on behalf of IITA,…

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High soybean prices bode well for IITA’s MISST project

The soybean marketing season is in full swing. Buyers are everywhere looking for the crop. In a drought-hit farming season, soybean has generally done well and farmers are at least assured of getting something from their produce. Prices have been good this year. A snap survey showed that soybean prices have increased by an average…

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IITA launches seed systems project in Mozambique

IITA, with partners, launched the USAIDfunded “Feed-the-Future Mozambique Improved Seeds for Better Agriculture” (SEMEAR) project with a stakeholders’ meeting and workshop held at the Hotel Melinio in Nampula, Mozambique on 20−21 April. SEMEAR is a 5-year (2015−2019) program led by IITA that will use a winwin, public−private partnership approach to disseminate improved legume seeds and…

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AgResults organizes Innovation Platform for implementers and buyers of Aflasafe™ maize

AgResults linked over 30 implementers of aflasafe-treated maize with potential buyers during its Innovation Platform workshop, held on 25 May, at the Best Western Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria. Building on three years of success of the AgResults Project in private sector-led innovations through the “pull” mechanism, the workshop aimed to create an enabling environment for potential…

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ATASP-1 trains youth agripreneurs on sorghum, rice, and cassava value chains

The six-day specialized commodities training organized by ATASP-1 for youth agripreneurs has just ended at the IITA Abuja station. The training drew over 40 participants from Kano, Rivers, and Abuja, and was facilitated by the ATASP-1 Cassava, Rice and Sorghum Commodity Specialists including Richardson Okechukwu of IIITA, Philip Idinoba of AfricaRice, and Hakeem Ajeigbe of…

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ATASP-1 holds community sensitization in 30 LGAs across Nigeria

In preparation for full implementation of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program Phase one (ATASP-1), the project implementation unit concluded sensitization workshops in the 30 local government areas (LGAs) where the program is being implemented. The LGAs cut across the seven states of Enugu, Anambra, Niger, Jigawa, Kano, Sokoto, and Kebbi. In attendance at the…

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Burundi holds sensitization workshop on aflatoxin

A workshop to sensitize stakeholders and partners on the status and effects of aflatoxin in Burundi was jointly organized by Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi (ISABU) and IITA on 4 May at the King’s Conference Centre in Bujumbura. The event was officially opened by Séverin Bagorikunda, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture…

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Nwoya District learning alliance provides an opportunity for inclusive climate change local planning

“None of us here will dispute that the climate in Nwoya has changed,” said the Chief Administrative Officer, Gabriel Bwayo, in his opening remarks at a recently concluded district climate change learning alliance meeting. “Nwoya climate of the 1980s is not the one we see today.” Bwayo explained that Nwoya is very hot but when…

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Malawi farmers demand for more organized soybean market

Soybean farmers in the Machinga District of Malawi say a more organized soybean market, like the tobacco market, can spur more production of the crop in the district. Senior Group Village Headman Mbere from the area of Traditional Authority Chikweo in Machinga said this during a field day in his area organized to brief farmers…

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DG Sanginga visits new Southern Africa Hub Campus

On 24 May, IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga was at the new Southern Africa Research and Administration Hub (SARAH) campus at Kabangwe, Lusaka Province, Zambia, touring the facility and interacting with staff based there. The visit to the campus coincided with the attendance of the DG to the 2016 African Development Bank (AfDB) annual conference…

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