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IITA DG pays courtesy visit to Japanese government, MAFF, and MoFA Japan

IITA DG pays courtesy visit to Japanese government, MAFF, and MoFA Japan

In related news, Sanginga embarked on courtesy visits to MAFF and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). IITA Board Member, Dr Shuichi Asanuma, and Yam Agronomist, Dr Ryo Matsumoto, completed the IITA delegation. Mr Yoshihisa Hishinuma, Director-General, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries Research Council Secretariat, and Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) President, Dr Masaru…

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IITA yam breeding team visits yam processing company in Japan

IITA yam breeding team visits yam processing company in Japan

The IITA yam improvement team consisting of Asrat Amele, Head of Yam Breeding, Patrick Adebola, Project Leader of AfricaYam, and Ryo Matsumoto, Yam Agronomist, visited the Maruko Foods yam processing factory in Japan together with IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga and IITA Board Member, Dr Shuichi Asanuma, on 27 August. Also in the delegation were…

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AfricaYam holds activity meeting at IBRC

AfricaYam holds activity meeting at IBRC

An AfricaYam project meeting was held with collaborators Dr Ryohei Terauchi, Lead Scientist at the Iwate Biotechnology Research Center (IBRC), and Dr Satoru Muranaka from Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS). IBRC is one of the 11 partner Institutes of the AfricaYam project led by IITA. Terauchi invited scientists from IITA, Dr Patrick…

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Sanginga visits IITA Accra

Sanginga visits IITA Accra

On 4 September, IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga visited the IITA-Accra office in Ghana to interact with staff members. The visit to the station coincided with the DG’s attendance at the 2019 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which took place in Accra on 3–6 September. The DG also delivered a presentation there as an introduction…

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IITA working on Africa’s first genome edited banana

IITA working on Africa’s first genome edited banana

The new frontier for agricultural innovation is genome editing and IITA is already leading the way by using the technology to improve several crops. Principal Scientist and Deputy Director of IITA East Africa Hub, Dr Leena Tripathi revealed this during the Third Africa Biennial Biosciences Communication Symposium (ABBC), which took place in Pretoria South Africa,…

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Oyo State Government commits to transform agriculture

Oyo State Government commits to transform agriculture

The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, joined state officials and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector at a retreat in Cotonou, Republic of Benin to chart a course for transforming agriculture in the State. The meetings, which took place from 15 to 19 August, were to design an agribusiness implementation plan for Oyo…

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IITA strengthens capacity of regulators to monitor scaling out of Aflasafe in Tanzania

IITA strengthens capacity of regulators to monitor scaling out of Aflasafe in Tanzania

To pave way for the mass production and market entry of Aflasafe TZ01—the all-natural, safe, and effective product for aflatoxin control in Tanzania, IITA and the  Ministry of Agriculture, organized a three-day training workshop for regulators in the country to increase their knowledge on the technology, how it works, and their role in scaling it…

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FMARD and World Bank’s APPEALS project seeks IITA collaboration

FMARD and World Bank’s APPEALS project seeks IITA collaboration

A team from the Agro-processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project’s National Coordinating Office (NCO) and Lagos Project Office, visited the IITA Headquarters in Ibadan on 28 August. The purpose of the visit was to explore possible areas of collaboration with IITA. APPEALS is a project of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture funded…

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IITA takes part in annual national farmers’ exhibition in Tanzania

IITA takes part in annual national farmers’ exhibition in Tanzania

A team from the Agro-processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project’s National Coordinating Office (NCO) and Lagos Project Office, visited the IITA Headquarters in Ibadan on 28 August. The purpose of the visit was to explore possible areas of collaboration with IITA. APPEALS is a project of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture funded…

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CDO organizes training on R programming for statistical analysis

IITA Capacity Development Office (CDO) facilitated a 4-day training on “Statistical analysis using R programming from 27 to 30 August.” The training taught participants about ‘R’, the commonly used statistical package for data analysis. The trainees were IITA staff and partners from Abuja, Ghana, Ibadan, Kano, and Mali, who have hands-on roles in managing data….

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