New Executive Director of CGIAR System Organization announced

CGIAR, the world’s largest agricultural research-for-development partnership, this week announced the appointment of Elwyn Grainger-Jones as Executive Director of the CGIAR System Organization, formerly CGIAR Consortium. “In the face of increased and complex risks posed by climate change, the world needs CGIAR more than ever,” says Grainger-Jones. Read full article here.

Picture of Sadanobu Kusaoke (center) flanked by DG Nteranya Sanginga (left), DDG Kenton Dashiell (right), DDG Kwame Akuffo-Akoto, Japanese scientists at IITA, members of staff and representatives of the IITA Youth Agripreneurs.

Japan, IITA to foster closer ties to benefit farmers through research

His Excellency Sadanobu Kusaoke, the new Japanese ambassador to Nigeria who assumed duty in 2015, has enjoined IITA management to work out more avenues through which the Japanese government and the Institute can collaborate. He made this call during his first meeting with DG Nteranya Sanginga and IITA management in Ibadan on 5 July. Kusaoke…

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African horticultural experts to meet on improving livelihoods through horticulture

The Nigerian Society for Horticultural Sciences, under the aegis of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) is hosting the 3rd All Africa Horticultural Congress (AAHC) on 7-12 August. The workshop “Horticulture for improved livelihoods” will be held at IITA, Ibadan, and is aimed at strengthening the voice of African agriculturists in their respective academic,…

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IYA concludes training for Borno State youth

The “Putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers in Africa” (N2Africa) project, in collaboration with the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA), has concluded training for the fifth batch of selected youth in the north of Nigeria. The trainings commenced on 3 September 2014 and were held through about eight workshops convened at different periods in…

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DG Sanginga lauds IITA-Kano staff during visit

DG Nteranya Sanginga paid a courtesy visit to IITA Kano station on 27 July to monitor ongoing projects and research activities. During his welcome meeting, the DG congratulated staff members for their hard work and efforts in making IITA what it is today. He stressed that his priority is staff wellbeing but emphasized that duties…

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IITA R4D to get better, stronger support with institutional restructuring – Sholola

IITA has experienced rapid growth in the last five years under the current leadership of DG Nteranya Sanginga―tripling its annual budget and nearly doubling numbers of staff and partnerships. This, in turn, necessitated institutional restructuring and reorganization currently underway to ensure more efficient and stronger support for its research-for-development (R4D) work. This was said by…

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Sanginga to stay on as DG until 2021, IITA BoT confirms

Through an email circulated to all IITA staff by Bruce Coulman, Chair of the IITA Board of Trustees (BoT), on 28 July, the IITA BoT has officially confirmed the acceptance of Nteranya Sanginga of its offer for an additional five years at the helm of the Institute. In his communication, the BoT Chair said, “on…

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Landmark regional crop breeding trials show promise against deadly cassava viral diseases

Disease resistance trials being conducted simultaneously in 33 different locations across 5 African countries and involving 25 shared varieties – a first-of-its-kind multi-country collaborative cassava breeding initiative in East and Southern Africa – are showing promise against the deadly Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD). This was highlighted during a stakeholders’…

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Picture of Olusegun Obasanjo (third from left) and Kenton Dashiell (second from right) lauded the efforts of UISB.

UI launches School of Business, calls on IITA’s partnership

The University of Ibadan (UI) has established its School of Business (UISB) and set out its objectives during its first Eminent Persons Business Lecture held at the International Conference Centre, UI on 16 July. The event was witnessed by a number of important personalities including former Nigerian President and IITA Ambassador, his Excellency, Chief Olusegun…

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Nestlé, IITA look to strengthen partnership

Top management from Nestlé’s first Research and Development (R&D) center in sub-Saharan Africa paid an official visit to IITA Headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria on 25-26 July to explore further partnership opportunities between the two organizations. The delegation, from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, was led by Oliver Chmiel, Head of the R&D Center. He was accompanied by…

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