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Picture of Mallam Aminu Abubakar of FCTA presenting the coconut trees to the Head of Abuja Station, Dr Gbassey Tarawali

FCT agricultural secretariat donates improved coconut seedlings to Abuja station

The agricultural secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Nigeria, has donated 150 improved coconut seedlings to the IITA Abuja station.

IITA launches automation project

To enhance efficient and effective work processes leading to a higher level of staff productivity in the Institute, IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga on 6 July launched the high-priority automation project.

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Foreign Affairs ministry team open IITA vehicle bidding exercise

To ensure appropriate processes are adhered to in the disposal of the Institute’s obsolete vehicles, a team of two officials of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with IITA officials in Ibadan on 9–10 July.

Picture of participants of the Plant Genome Editing workshop

Training workshop on plant genome editing: From design to analysis

IITA-Nairobi hosted a workshop on genome editing in plants, 19 to 20 June. They organized this workshop in collaboration with Iowa State University (ISU), USA under the BREAD project: Genome-enabled Platforms for Yam.

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Seed health experts from Burundi and Rwanda visit Tanzania to learn about cassava seed systems

The Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI) and the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), supported by IITA and Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), have made great strides in establishing a commercial seed system for cassava in the country.

Picture of Dr Tarawali delivering the welcome remarks

IITA co-hosts Food Systems workshop in Abuja

IITA in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Netherlands, recently co-organized a two-day stakeholder workshop on Food Systems for Healthier Diets (FSHD) in Nigeria, under the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).

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CARE Fellowship awardees equipped with relevant research skills to enhance agribusiness in Africa

On 2–6 June, IITA organized a workshop for the 20 successful fellows that qualified for the research grant for “Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa,” funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Picture of Leena Tripathi cutting the ribbon to officially commission the new FMS building in Dar es Salaam

New FMS building commissioned in Tanzania

IITA-Tanzania recently inaugurated a new office building for the Facilities Management Services (FMS) and archive for documents at its premises in Dar es Salaam.

Picture of Professor Shiiwua Manu, Director, APLORI, at the University of Jos, explaining to the participants the importance of field techniques in forest bird ecology, IBA workshop

Forest Center continues to champion ecology awareness with IBA monitoring workshop

The Important Bird Area (IBA) Monitoring Workshop with the theme “Field techniques in forest bird ecology,” organized by the AG Leventis-funded IITA Forest Center, took place on 26–28 June.

Picture of IITA DDG Partnerships for Delivery Kenton Dashiell (second from right) with other panelists and the organizer at the ALP Seminar

Stakeholders propose development plans to transform Nigeria’s agriculture sector

Stakeholders in the agriculture sector came together on 21 June at the 7 th Annual ALP Seminar to discuss challenges and opportunities affecting the transformation of Nigeria’s agriculture and agro-allied sector.

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