Picture of The “black and blue” conference crew with Dr Chikoye with an all thumbs-up for a successful conference at the close of the event on 4 March.

Teamwork key to success

Asked about the vital ingredient to the success of the conference, David Chikoye, IITA Regional Director for Southern Africa, simply stated: “teamwork”. “The (conference) journey began exactly 12 months ago when we started planning for hosting the World Cowpea Conference. Along the way, we changed the initial plans when IITA agreed to join hands with…

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Call for sustainable and diversified production

In an interview, IITA Deputy Director General for Research for Development, Ylva Hillbur, reiterated that drought tolerant crops would be extremely important in countries facing the effects of climate change like Zambia. “You also need to diversify and have different varieties of cash crops such as legumes, cowpeas and integrate cassava. We need to move…

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Picture of Minister Lubinda (middle) touring the poster stands while being briefed by Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) Director Moses Mwale (right) as IITA Southern Africa Director Dr David Chikoye (left) walks alongside.

Put hoes in museums; place ICT, women, and youths in forefront

Lubinda has also urged African countries to put the hand hoe in museums and promote a mechanized and smart agriculture because he said “the hoe had outlived its usefulness in agriculture.” He added that this is especially true in the context of climate change in which production efficiency is of paramount importance. He noted that…

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Picture of the Joint Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference was officially closed by Julius Shawa, Permanent Secretary of Zambia’s Ministry of Agriculture.

An impressive collection of agricultural geniuses

In his remarks keynoting the opening the conference, Zambia Minister of Agriculture Honorable Given Lubinda called the delegates attending the conference “an impressive collection of agricultural geniuses”. “On behalf of the Government of Zambia, I would like to thank the organizers for choosing Zambia as the host of this Joint Pan-African Grain Legume and World…

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Picture of Zambia Minister of Agriculture Honorable Given Lubinda giving his keynote speech at the opening of the Joint Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference on 29 February at the AVANI Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone, Zambia.

IITA-organized international confab puts grain legume and cowpea research in global spotlight

More than 580 delegates from 46 countries across the globe converged in the historical town of Livingstone in the south of Zambia to share knowledge, information, and expertise; deliberate on issues; build and reinforce partnerships; and discuss the state of the art in grain legume and cowpea research at the highly-successful Joint Pan-African Grain Legume…

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Youth — the future of global food supply

Ensuring the provision of sufficient nutritious food to a growing population in the face of climate change is a major challenge facing the global community. With the world population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, driven largely by growth in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, solutions must be found for guaranteeing food and nutrition…

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IITA research fellow awarded Borlaug LEAP Fellowship

Ijeoma  Akaogu, a PhD research fellow at IITA, Ibadan and Senior Scientific Officer at the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), has been awarded the prestigious Norman Borlaug LEAP Fellowship funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Ijeoma completed her course work at the University of Ghana under the West Africa Centre for Crop…

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Picture of One ware yam tuber from plant issue of one node vine cutting weighing 3.2 kg with the shape of a human foot.

Special feature: Seed yam using one node vine cuttings generated from plants in aeroponics system

IITA initiated the aeroponics system (AS) in February 2013 as one of the high ratio propagation technologies for seed yam tuber production. After nearly three years of experimentation, it was discovered that the AS can generate three types of planting materials for seed yam propagation. These are the mini yam tubers harvested in AS boxes,…

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Picture of Farmers take part in an exercise to give their feedback on the CSA and demonstration farms.

Farmers give feedback on Climate Smart Agriculture practices and project implementation in Uganda

A project seeking to promote the adoption of locally appropriate climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in Uganda organized a farmers’ reflection workshop for sharing of information and experiences across various project sites, and to get feedback on the project’s on-farm demonstrations. The feedback will inform the planning for subsequent seasons. On-farm  demonstrations  facilitate outscaling of practices among…

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Picture of DG Nteranya Sanginga visits the joint Senate and House Committees on Agriculture in the National Assembly, Abuja.

IITA DG presents to Senate and House Committees on Agriculture, Nigeria

In an historic milestone, Director General Nteranya Sanginga on 9 March, made a presentation before the joint sitting of the Senate Committee and House of  Representatives  Committee  on Agriculture, House of Assembly, Abuja. For the first time in its almost 50 years of existence, IITA was invited by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural…

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