Picture of Lava Kumar giving a presentation during the Phytosanitary Awareness Week in IITA, Ibadan,Nigeria.

GHU highlights the impact of CGIAR on germplasm conservation and distribution

IITA‘s Germplasm Health Unit (GHU)—as part of the CGIAR Genebank Platform—and its stakeholders lead the celebration of Phytosanitary Awareness Week, 23-27 October, at IITA.

CLiP success story

Forage production addresses need to improve milk production for better living conditions For many years Appoline Mapendo M’Manobe and her family invested their time, resources, and energy on their four cows in the hope of turning a sustainable profit from the dairy venture. However, not once had Appoline and her family received significant returns from…

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YIIFSWA and poverty reduction: The bared secret

At a recent seminar, Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) Project M&E Specialist, Djana Mignouna, recently talked about Africa’s struggle with poverty. In his presentation, he stated that the agricultural sector is essential for reducing poverty with about 43% of sub-Saharan Africa still battling poverty. Africa’s contribution to the global…

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IITA formalizes partnership with Landmark University

Representatives from the Landmark University, Omu Aran, met with IITA officials in Ibadan on 4 October to formalize a partnership which will foster development and implementation of collaborative programs. The team, led by the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Adeniyi Adeyanju, was received by Kenton Dashiell, Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery, who gave an overview of IITA’s…

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World’s biggest fragrance and flavor company seeks collaboration

Hoping to boost production at its newly established facility in Nigeria, representatives from Firmenich visited IITA Ibadan, on 9 October, to share knowledge, exchange ideas, discuss possibilities, and seek future collaboration. A team of six led by Thoger Larsen, Firmenich Flavor Vice President, India and East Africa, and Flory Kimvangu, successor to Oddvar Bjorge, General…

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“You are an inspiration to your colleagues”—Dr Sanginga

IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga said he is impressed with the progress recorded so far by the team of young Agripreneurs operating under the name of Frotchery Foods in running their business. Frotchery Foods, which is located in Akobo, Ibadan, is owned by three young graduates: Ngozi Chituru, Babatunde Ismail, and Oni Hammed, who recently…

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New Aflasafe website unveiled

IITA’s Aflasafe initiative launched its new Aflasafe® website on 16 October, at IITA Ibadan, to reenergize Aflasafe’s online presence. The unveiling was timed to coincide with World Food Day (WFD). The new website mainly aims to support commercialization by reaching potential users and partners with a focus on marketing, advocacy and creation of awareness, and…

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Cassava Seed Systems Stakeholders’ workshop held in Burundi

A stakeholders’ workshop on Cassava seed systems in Burundi was organized by the Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) control project with support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 22 September. The workshop was held at ISABU and chaired by Ir. Dieudonné Nahimana, ISABU Director General. The workshop…

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Burundi Minister of Agriculture and Livestock visits project sites

On 14 September, the Burundi Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Dr Deo-Guide Rurema, visited IITA project sites in Muramvya and Gitega provinces. The Minister was accompanied by the first assistant and advisor at MINAGRIE, the DG of ISABU, the Director of CNTA, members of the Communication unit from the Ministry of Agriculture, extension officers, and…

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IITA Human Resources conducts training on “Leading and managing people for results”

Managers and supervisors from the various IITA hubs and stations across Africa converged in Ibadan for a 3-day workshop, 26–29 September, to enhance their knowledge on leading and managing staff for effective results. The training, titled “Leading and managing people for results” was organized by the Human Resources team in collaboration with the Capacity Development…

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