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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Picture of IITA DG Nteranya Sanginga (left) and former Nigerian President Olasegun Obasanjo (wearing blue headdress) with some government officials and partners.

Stakeholders meet in IITA to draw roadmap to achieve Zero Hunger in Nigeria

Former Pres. Obasanjo convenes meeting The inaugural meeting of the Nigeria Zero Hunger Strategic Review was held in IITA Headquarters in Ibadan on 29 April. Organized by the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) and IITA, this stakeholder meeting aimed to draw a roadmap to end hunger in Nigeria by 2030. The meeting received support from…

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Nutrition guide for community workers/ Guide de nutrition pour travailleurs communautaires

This document is a working guide for the agricultural and health extension workers specifically in Mali where Africa RISING is currently implementing different agriculture- and nutrition-focused research activities. It is meant to help them to improve their knowledge, skills, and nutrition practices to ensure greater returns on investments in agricultural research for nutrition and health…

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Child malnutrition in northern Ghana: evidence, factors, and recommendations from a new study

According to this survey report, child malnutrition remains a challenge in northern Ghana. The report which was part of a baseline conducted by Africa RISING in five districts in Northern, Upper East, and Upper West regions of Ghana also indicates that wasting in some of the districts was above the normal 15.0% level recommended by…

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Integrated fertilizer policy guide for maize–legume cropping systems in Malawi

Experience has clearly demonstrated that greater sustained use of mineral fertilizers in Malawi is key to raising productivity and sustainability of smallholder maize-legume systems. Provision of subsidized fertilizer under the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) was estimated to have raised maize production in Malawi by around 500,000 tons of grain each year during the…

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No small change: vegetable farmer cashes in on new varieties introduced by project in Tanzania

I produce vegetables because this is ready cash for me and my family,” says a beaming Hassan Saidi; one of the beneficiary farmers in the activities under the IITA led Africa RISING-NAFAKA and TUBORESHE CHAKULA project for fast tracking delivery and scaling of agricultural technologies in Tanzania. Hassan is 20 years old and lives in…

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INFOGRAPHIC: different strokes for different folks

New Africa RISING infographic explains targeting of sustainable intensification technologies to different farm typologies in central Malawi Smallholder farming households in much of sub-Saharan Africa  are distinctly diverse within and across communities. Therefore, technological interventions to address the problem of poor productivity of smallholder agricultural systems must be designed to target socially diverse and spatially…

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INFOGRAPHIC: how does a farm family in Malawi produce more from their farm?

A comparison of sustainable intensification vs typical farmer practice in central Malawi The aim of Africa RISING is to provide pathways out of hunger and poverty for smallholder families through sustainably intensified farming systems that sufficiently improve food, nutrition, and income security. Sustainable intensification (SI) does not mean business-as-usual food production and marginal improvements in…

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