Picture of Prof Kadiata (5th from left) in a group picture with IITA scientists and IKYA members.

Visiting AfDB delegate commends Kalambo Youth Agripreneurs

As part of its preliminary activities towards the development of the Empowering Novel Agribusiness-Led Employment (ENABLE Youth) program for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bakach Dikand Kadiata, IITA alumnus and African Development Bank (AfDB) Senior Agriculture and Natural Resources Management Officer, visited the IITA Kalambo Station to assess the activities of IITA Kalambo Youth Agripreneurs…

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Picture of DDG Ken Dashiell with the Rwandan Minister of Agriculture, Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana and State Minister of Agriculture Tony Nsanganira.

IITA DDG strengthens ties with staff, partners in Rwanda

Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy Director General, Partnership for Delivery, has urged partners and staff in Rwanda to work collectively towards improving agricultural production and agribusiness investments in partnership with the youth. He spoke during an official visit to Rwanda on 12-18 September to engage stakeholders and partners. Dashiell shared experiences from some countries (Nigeria, Tanzania,…

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Picture of Matilda Msangila, a farmer in Mahutanga Village, Kilombero District, Tanzania, harvests salt tolerant rice variety from her paddy field

Boosting smallholder farmers’ access to sustainable agricultural technologies as USAID announces $50 million Africa RISING Phase 2

The US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Food Security in Washington, DC has announced funding for a second 5-year phase of the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) program beginning October 2016. Funded through the agency’s Feed the Future initiative, the second phase of Africa RISING will focus…

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Picture of IITA’s Alexander Nganga (left) briefing the Minister of Agriculture, Dr George Chaponda, about aflasafe.

IITA showcases R4D work at 2016 Malawi agriculture fair

IITA was one of over a hundred organizations that showcased their work and products at the recent 2016 Malawi Agriculture Fair held 8 to 10 September in Blantyre with the theme Climate Smart Agriculture.

CASS project brings world renowned physiologists to IITA

The Cassava Source-Sink (CASS) project team held a Mini Symposium at IITA, Ibadan, on 27 September, to apply modern plant physiology and molecular biology, so as to better understand different metabolic behavior in improving the root yield of cassava. Themed “Application of advanced technologies for crop yield improvement”, the Mini Symposium aimed at promoting knowledge…

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YIIFSWA to plant 80,000 vine cuttings for seed yam production at IITA and more…

The YIIFSWA project will be winding up in a couple of months; the project has intensified high quality seed yam production efforts. In October the project will start planting 80,000 yam rooted vine cuttings on 2 ha of land at IITA-Ibadan. During an interview on current activities, Norbert Maroya YIIFSWA Project Leader, gave reasons for…

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IITA alumnus wins first Africa food prize

Kanayo Nwanze, President of IFAD, and an IITA alumnus, was awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize at the African Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, on 7 September.

Picture of DGs Kireger (KALRO) and Sanginga shaking hands after the signing.

IITA and KALRO agree to jointly manufacture and market aflasafe KE01™ to reduce aflatoxin contamination in Kenya

IITA and the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) have agreed to jointly manufacture and market aflasafe Ke01™, a revolutionary biocontrol product, which consistently reduces aflatoxin in treated food and feed by 80–99%–in Kenya for an initial period of five years. This was after the Director Generals of the two institutions—IITA’s Nteranya Sanginga and…

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Picture of AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina made history as the first Nigerian president of the AfDB group.

TAAT & ENABLE: major initiatives in the Africa Transformation Agenda

AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina pledged US$24 billion to mobilize the private sector to support the transformation of the continent’s agriculture sector over the next 10 years. This also includes initiatives such as the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) and the Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment (ENABLE) Youth initiative. IITA is a major partner and implementer…

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Picture of IITA’s Ranajit Bandyopadhyay (right): (L-R) KALRO Director Eliud Kiplimo Kireger, Kenya’s Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Willy Bett, and USAID’s Beth Dunford

IITA showcases aflasafe KE01™ and transformation research to top officials of USAID and Kenya Agriculture Ministry

IITA was one of the three CGIAR centers invited to showcase its technologies/research efforts to top officials from Kenya’s Agriculture Ministry and USAID that included the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Willy Bett and the USAID Assistant to the Administrator Bureau of Food Security, Beth Dunford.

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