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Support the IITA Youth Agripreneurs, DG Sanginga pleads

The Director General of IITA, Nteranya Sanginga has stated that the IITA Youth Agripreneurs have brought dynamic change in the history of the Institute. DG Sanginga who said this during an interactive session with IITA staff in Abuja on 28 September said that through the support of IITA to the youth-in-agribusiness program and the unrelenting…

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Picture of DG Nteranya Sanginga welcomes AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina at the IITA Abuja Station.

AfDB President applauds IITA’s efforts in assisting Africa to feed itself

The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has commended IITA for piloting a sustainable program that is already combining the energies of youth in ventures that could make the continent food sufficient.

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Visiting AfDB delegate commends Kalambo Youth Agripreneurs

As part of its preliminary activities towards the development of the Empowering Novel Agribusiness-Led Employment (ENABLE Youth) program for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bakach Dikand Kadiata, IITA alumnus and African Development Bank (AfDB) Senior Agriculture and Natural Resources Management Officer, visited the IITA Kalambo Station to assess the activities of IITA Kalambo Youth Agripreneurs…

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IITA DDG strengthens ties with staff, partners in Rwanda

Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy Director General, Partnership for Delivery, has urged partners and staff in Rwanda to work collectively towards improving agricultural production and agribusiness investments in partnership with the youth. He spoke during an official visit to Rwanda on 12-18 September to engage stakeholders and partners. Dashiell shared experiences from some countries (Nigeria, Tanzania,…

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Picture of Matilda Msangila, a farmer in Mahutanga Village, Kilombero District, Tanzania, harvests salt tolerant rice variety from her paddy field

Boosting smallholder farmers’ access to sustainable agricultural technologies as USAID announces $50 million Africa RISING Phase 2

The US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Food Security in Washington, DC has announced funding for a second 5-year phase of the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) program beginning October 2016. Funded through the agency’s Feed the Future initiative, the second phase of Africa RISING will focus…

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Picture of IITA’s Alexander Nganga (left) briefing the Minister of Agriculture, Dr George Chaponda, about aflasafe.

IITA showcases R4D work at 2016 Malawi agriculture fair

IITA was one of over a hundred organizations that showcased their work and products at the recent 2016 Malawi Agriculture Fair held 8 to 10 September in Blantyre with the theme Climate Smart Agriculture.

CASS project brings world renowned physiologists to IITA

The Cassava Source-Sink (CASS) project team held a Mini Symposium at IITA, Ibadan, on 27 September, to apply modern plant physiology and molecular biology, so as to better understand different metabolic behavior in improving the root yield of cassava. Themed “Application of advanced technologies for crop yield improvement”, the Mini Symposium aimed at promoting knowledge…

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YIIFSWA to plant 80,000 vine cuttings for seed yam production at IITA and more…

The YIIFSWA project will be winding up in a couple of months; the project has intensified high quality seed yam production efforts. In October the project will start planting 80,000 yam rooted vine cuttings on 2 ha of land at IITA-Ibadan. During an interview on current activities, Norbert Maroya YIIFSWA Project Leader, gave reasons for…

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IITA alumnus wins first Africa food prize

Kanayo Nwanze, President of IFAD, and an IITA alumnus, was awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize at the African Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, on 7 September.

Picture of DGs Kireger (KALRO) and Sanginga shaking hands after the signing.

IITA and KALRO agree to jointly manufacture and market aflasafe KE01™ to reduce aflatoxin contamination in Kenya

IITA and the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) have agreed to jointly manufacture and market aflasafe Ke01™, a revolutionary biocontrol product, which consistently reduces aflatoxin in treated food and feed by 80–99%–in Kenya for an initial period of five years. This was after the Director Generals of the two institutions—IITA’s Nteranya Sanginga and…

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