Picture of Cocoa was one of Nigeria’s major cash crops in the 1960s

“Improved inputs will boost Nigeria’s cocoa system”: Outcome of USAID Nigeria/NEXTT training

The question of how to revive the glory days of Nigeria—one of the cocoa producing giants of the 1960s was at center stage during the just concluded USAID Nigeria/ Nigeria Expanded Trade and Transport (NEXTT) training of trainers workshop held at IITA, Ibadan. According to a report by BusinessDay, the global cocoa supply from Nigeria…

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IITA celebrates world migratory bird day

Students, ornithologists, and bird lovers celebrated the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) at IITA-Ibadan, on 10 May. The day comprised educational talks by ornithologists on the importance of bird conservation, followed by an opportunity for the guests to view and learn more about birds, especially migrants. With support from BirdLife International, the WMBD campaign is…

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Picture of A group of women in group work during one of the feedback workshops.

PASIC influences policies at national and local levels in Uganda

The Policy Action for Sustainable Intensification of Ugandan Cropping Systems (PASIC) project has successfully proven that evidence-based policy making is possible by influencing the development of agricultural policies at the national and district level in Uganda. PASIC is a four-year project supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands (EKN) in Uganda to strengthen…

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Rockefeller Foundation provides up to US$1 million in grants for global cassava innovations

The Rockefeller Foundation, Dalberg, and IITA, launched on 12 May an Innovation Challenge to uncover innovative solutions to increase cassava shelf life in Nigeria. The Challenge was announced at the World Economic Forum – Africa annual meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, and will provide up to US$1 million in funding, as well as technical assistance to…

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Photo of IITA’s Asamoah Larbi and the Deputy Minister of Environment, Science and Technology Information, Dr Alfred Tia Sugri, shake hands after the signing.

IITA and Ghana sign host country agreement

The Government of Ghana, realizing the immense benefits that will accrue to its people through collaboration with IITA, has secured Cabinet and Parliamentary approval to give legal status to the operations of the Institute in Ghana. Accordingly, IITA and the Government of Ghana signed a Host Country Agreement at the Ministry of Environment, Science and…

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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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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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