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YIIFSWA facilitates a second farmer exchange visit to Illushi seed yam market

The foremost constraint of yam farmers is the unavailability and affordability of quality seed tubers. To promote seed yam production and commercialization in Ghana and Nigeria, the Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) project facilitated its second farmer exchange visit to illushi seed yam market in Edo state on 14…

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Picture of French Embassy delegates in a group photo with IITA Kalambo scientists, IITA Agripreneurs, and the rector of UCB and some UCB teachers.

IITA-Kalambo hosts French delegation in DRC

Last 29 March, a 3-person delegation from the French Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Rector of the Catholic University of Bukavu (UCB) visited the IITA Kalambo Station, South Kivu Province, DRC. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize themselves with the research-for-development activities of IITA in South Kivu as…

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Group photo with DG Sanginga, IITA staff, and youth representatives from various countries attending the ENABLE Youth Design Workshop in Abuja.

IITA DG: Move from jobless youths to agribusiness leaders

IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga assured young people that the idea behind the soon-to-be launched ENABLE Youth Program is to move young graduates from joblessness to affluence. He made this known in Abuja while welcoming young people from over 20 African countries that had come to participate in the ENABLE Youth Design Workshop. “We do…

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Science Forum 2016 looks at R4D priorities of CGIAR centers

The agricultural research-for-development priorities of CGIAR centers received attention during a panel discussion held on the last morning of a three-day (12–14 April) Science Forum organized by the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnerships Council (ISPC) in Addis Ababa-Ethiopia. Addressing the question: What exactly is needed to fulfil on CGIAR’s mission to reduce poverty, hunger and…

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Solid participation of IITA at GCARD3

IITA had a strong presence at the recently concluded third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3), which took place in Johannesburg (South Africa), 5-8 April. The event was a global multi-stakeholder consultative dialogue with over 500 delegates from 83 different countries, which included representatives from development agencies, governments, civil society, and scientists, among…

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ENABLE Youth: Ensuring the success of youth in agribusiness

The African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with IITA organized the ENABLE (Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment) Youth Program Design Workshop on 21-22 April in Abuja, Nigeria. The workshop featured key speakers including IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga; Mme. Abimbola Adebakin, Tony Elumelu Foundation; Mark Kofi Fynn, African Union Commission, and Ministers/State Ministers of Agriculture/Youth and…

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IITA-Kalambo conducts training on nutrition for women

As part of gender activities and partly in celebration of International Women’s Month, IITA-Kalambo conducted a series of training for local partners working with women in the community. IITA scientists Renee Bullock and Patchimaporn Udomkun coordinated and facilitated a two-part training to build the capacity of trainers and sensitize Panzi hospital residents on basic principles…

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Making large scale-cassava drying technologies work for small-scale processors

One of the greatest challenges facing smallholder farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs in processing cassava is drying. Many of them rely on sun-drying which limits processing during the rainy season as well as affects the overall quality. As a result they are not able to supply their produce to industries which need regular, all-year-round supply and…

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Picture of L-R: Dare Odusanya, Winifred Akinpelu, Patrick Boyle, H.E. Ambassador Seán Hoy, DDG Kenton Dashiell, Katherine Lopez, David Butler, and Layi Olatunji.

Irish Ambassador visits IITA

The Ambassador of Ireland, H.E. Seán Hoy, accompanied by David Butler, Director of Sustainable Food Systems Ireland, and Patrick Boyle, Consultant, were in IITA on 13 April to explore potential collaboration between Ireland and the Institute. The visit included a brief meeting with Kenton Dashiell, Deputy Director General for Partnerships and Capacity Development, and a…

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Picture of Media briefing with (L-R): J Wadsworth (Fund Council), N Sanginga (IITA), C Ojukwu, and J Chianu (AfDB).

International and national partners convene at IITA to discuss AfDB’s initiative to transform African agriculture

More than 200 leading research and development partners and experts met at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria, 12-14 April, to discuss a new initiative known as “Africa Feeding Africa”, or the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program. The TAAT program is a critical strategy for transforming agriculture on the continent that would ensure that Africa is…

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