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IITA signs major project agreement with the EU to enhance livelihoods in Northern Uganda

IITA signs major project agreement with the EU to enhance livelihoods in Northern Uganda

IITA has signed an agreement with the European Union and Uganda Government to start the implementation of a three-year, multidisciplinary program that seeks to enhance food and nutrition security, increase household incomes, and improve maternal and child nutrition and health in Northern Uganda. The project will, among others, promote diversified food (production; commercialization of agriculture;…

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Golden Heart Foundation seeks partnership with IITA on youth empowerment

Golden Heart Foundation seeks partnership with IITA on youth empowerment

On 17 January, a team from the Golden Heart Foundation (GHF), led by the President, David Ogbueli, visited IITA Ibadan Campus. The purpose of the visit was to seek partnership with IITA on youth empowerment. GHF is an NGO with a focus on youth value reorientation, leadership, youth empowerment, and entrepreneurial development. GHF believes that…

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Malawi farmers and processors enjoy increased revenue after C:AVA and IITA training

Malawi farmers and processors enjoy increased revenue after C:AVA and IITA training

Farmers and processors in Malawi have registered increased incomes after participating in capacity-building training carried out by the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA2) project under the auspices of IITA, in partnership with Chancellor College. The training was undertaken as part of the GIZ-funded project on “Promoting Cassava Commercialization for Increased Income, Employment and Food…

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How IITA discovered the fall armyworm

How IITA discovered the fall armyworm

Isn’t it interesting how seemingly unrelated events in two countries can lead to the same outcome? The story of identifying the fall armyworm in Africa is as intriguing as the pest itself. In 2015 Ylva Hillbur, IITA’s former Deputy Director General (DDG) Research for Development was in talks with a Swedish team of researchers at…

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IITA alumnus receives 2019 Japan Prize for outstanding achievements in soil management

On 16 January, Rattan Lal, an eminent IITA alumnus and a University Professor of Soil Science at College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), Ohio State University, was awarded the 2019 Japan Prize, considered one of the most prestigious honors in science and technology. The award was for original and outstanding research on sustainable…

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ADWG presents policy brief to new Agriculture Minister in Nigeria

ADWG presents policy brief to new Agriculture Minister in Nigeria

On 16 December, the Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, received a high-level delegation of the Agriculture Donor Working Group (ADWG) in Abuja. The occasion was the presentation of the ADWG Policy Brief, which was prepared as a contribution of development partners towards the shaping of agriculture in Nigeria….

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The Kingdom of Eswatini celebrates milestone with the launch of nationally significant nutrition books

The Kingdom of Eswatini celebrates milestone with the launch of nationally significant nutrition books

The Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini, in collaboration with IITA, has launched a Food Composition Table and a National Recipe Book for foods commonly consumed in the southern African country. The ceremony to unveil the books took place in the legislative capital of Lobamba in October 2019. Chief Research Officer at the Ministry of…

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IITA scientists seek to improve soybean yields to bridge SSA demand gap

IITA scientists seek to improve soybean yields to bridge SSA demand gap

IITA scientists through research, have revealed the current status of soybean in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), while exploring options that could reduce import dependency on soybean in SSA despite the challenges from climate change. A paper published in the Food and Energy Security journal revealed that this research is the first to analyze plausible futures for…

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How the right planting season can boost cassava yields

How the right planting season can boost cassava yields

Every farmer wants high yields from their crop to get more income. But, do farmers know the best planting time if they are to reduce losses and maximize returns? Do they also know what happens when they replant stems from the previous cassava crop year after year? Answers to the questions above can be found…

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IITA to work with Osun State in raising agribusiness ambassadors

IITA to work with Osun State in raising agribusiness ambassadors

On 23 January, the Osun State Commissioner for Education, Hon Folarunsho Oladoyin visited IITA Ibadan campus with his Assistant, Bukola Elufisan and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Jamiu Olawumi. The purpose of their visit was to collaborate with IITA through the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) and Start Them Early Program (STEP) platforms,…

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