IITA News

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How do we attract and retain youth in agriculture?

Batch B 2016 Youth Corps members in IITA organized a seminar on 20 September titled “Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture” at IITA in Ibadan. The seminar was attended by corpers and members of youth Agripreneur groups, and dignitaries from different organizations.

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IITA scientist highlights nutrition and health at conference

Research activities conducted under the Agriculture for nutrition and health (A4NH) research program in Nigeria were highlighted at the 47th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), held 19–23 September, at the International Conference Center (ICC), University of Ibadan (UI).

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SPDC and IYA explore areas of collaboration

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and the IITA Youth Agripreneurs are discussing the development of a model that will incubate young farmers.

Picture of an extension agent talks to farmers during one of the self-organized field days in Babati District. Photo credit: Job Kihara/CIAT.

Africa RISING success story: Empowering agricultural extension agents to deliver improved farming technologies

Why aren’t agricultural innovations and technologies that could improve livelihoods not quickly adopted by smallholder farmers? Various arguments have been made to explain the problem on a technology-by-technology basis, but few assess the role played by agricultural extension.

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CIALCA 2017–2020 science agenda to boost entrepreneurial farming in Central Africa!

The Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD) will fund the research program on partnership, capacity building and research of the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA) toward entrepreneurial farming in Central Africa.

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IITA conducts CBSD Project Planning Workshop

IITA organized a planning workshop for the 2017–2018 financial year for the project ‘‘Action to control the Cassava Brown Streak in the Democratic Republic of Congo’, 29–30 August, in Kisangani, Province of Tshopo’’. 

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Africa RISING success story

Farmer finds a sweet spot producing orange-fleshed sweet potato vines and roots during the dry season in Zambia.

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IYA Kinshasa participates in second edition of International Agricultural Fair of Kinshasa

The IITA Kinshasa Youth Agripreneurs (IYAKIN) participated in the second edition of the International Agricultural Fair of Kinshasa (FAIKIN), 18-27 August.

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CDO steps up staff training

The week was a beehive of activity at IITA, Ibadan, with several training programs going on simultaneously. These training sessions covered both external training, including participants from outside IITA, and internal training for staff development.

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Youth agribusiness in Uganda: The importance of engaging youth in agricultural enterprises

Maya Turolla, a PhD candidate at the University of Bologna and Radboud University in Nijmegen, collaborated with IITA in Uganda to study how the drive to engage youth in agriculture is materializing in terms of development projects and the role these projects play in the lives of these youth.

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