Picture of Virologist Lava Kumar, project lead, explains the importance of the CDS platform

IITA and NAQS pilot digital Cassava Disease Surveillance platform

IITA has launched a digital surveillance platform called Cassava Disease Surveillance (CDS) to facilitate cassava disease surveillance in Nigeria. “The CDS is a virtual network for rapid diagnosis of cassava diseases, communication, and coordinated deployment of emergency response,” said Lava Kumar, IITA Virologist and lead investigator of the CDS project. This interactive program—accessible through any…

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Picture of IITA DG Nteranya Sanginga talks about how to increase cassava productivity.

New project to build commercially sustainable cassava seed system

A four-year project (2015–2019) to develop a commercially sustainable cassava seed value chain in Nigeria, was launched on 18 April at IITA headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria. Titled ‘Building a Sustainable, Integrated Seed System for Cassava in Nigeria’ (BASICS), the US$11.6 million project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the…

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IARSAF annual meeting challenges young researchers

During the 19th annual symposium of the International Association of Research Scholars and Fellows (IARSAF) at IITA, over 200 young researchers were encouraged to undertake agricultural research for providing lasting solutions to the bottlenecks threatening food security and economic growth in Africa. The symposium took place at IITA’s conference center on 27-28 April, with the…

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Picture of Dr Mansoor, guest of honor at banana project launch.

International researchers meet to discuss how to improve banana production in the Great Lakes region

A team of researchers from around the world gathered this week, 2–5 May, at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss how to focus their combined expertise on improving banana, a hugely important crop in the East African Region. The researchers—drawn from Australia, Brazil, India, Malaysia, Tanzania, Uganda,…

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Group photo of the participants of the AfricaYam annual review and planning meeting.

AfricaYam partners, Technical Advisory Committee meet in Cotonou

The AfricaYam annual review and planning meeting took place at IITA Cotonou, Benin, on 14-18 March with participants from Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Japan, USA, and UK. They gathered to review the progress made in the previous year and to chart a new course for achieving the project’s goals. Manuele Tamo, Entomologist and IITA…

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AfricaYam completes digital data capturing training at CNRA, Bouaké

Partners in the National Centre for Agricultural Research (CNRA), Cote d’Ivoire, have benefited from the training on digital data capturing organized by AfricaYam. The training aims to teach hands-on electronic data collection and management using Fieldbook version 3.0 with optimized use of mobile phones. The training exercise was held at CNRA Bouaké on 7-8 April…

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Abuja Youth Agripreneurs commences five-day training

The IITA Youth Agripreneurs in Abuja have conducted a five-day step down training in IITA Abuja Station on Monday. The training is being organized by the Agripreneurs themselves for themselves—the few Agripreneurs who attended the just-concluded Ekimiks 2016 training program titled “Developing Strategic Skills for Agribusiness” at IITA headquarters in Ibadan are cascading it down…

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Picture of David Ladipo planting mahogany in arboretum with Deni Bown and Kenton Dashiell.

IITA Forest Unit plants first tree in new Tree Heritage Park

For the past year the Forest Unit has been restoring the Arboretum in the IITA-Ibadan campus as a Tree Heritage Park for the conservation of rare and endangered Nigerian trees. Massive amounts of exotic trees, “bush”, and weeds have been cleared from the original plots. On 19 April, a tree planting event was held to…

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SARD-SC PSC meeting values project for its science and as a potential to be part of TAAT

The SARD-SC Project Steering Committee members met in IITA, Ibadan, recently to review progress of the project implementation and advise on changes on strategic orientation. In attendance at the meeting were the Project Coordinator, Commodity Specialists, and a representative of IFPRI. The 11-member PSC meeting—chaired by Dr Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of FARA—took place 30-31…

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IITA-Mozambique is home at last!

It was a journey that started over six years ago. But finally, on 1 March, IITA-Mozambique – “Instituto Internacional de Agricultura Tropical, Estação de Nampula” – was finally home. “Our new IITA-Mozambique ‘home’ is not complete yet, but it’s ours and it is functional. We’ll eventually get there,” said Steve Boahen, IITA Country Representative for…

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