IITA News

TAAT Program Steering Committee leads path to further progress

The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program has made further progress in the development of its Enabler Compacts, with the Program Steering Committee’s (PSC) decisions, based on which Enabler Compacts are well geared to receive funding and immediately start up their operations. Aiming for progress, Dr Mpoko Bokanga, the head of the TAAT Clearinghouse…

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The Visionaries profiles IITA on public TV

The national documentary series The Visionaries is profiling IITA in its current season.

Picture of Mrs Charlotte Sanginga and Dr Claude Nankam in a group photo with IITA scientists, piggery and poultry business group farmers at CAAS office in Katana

Donors express confidence in IITA projects in DRC

A delegation of representatives from Food for the Hungry (FH), a donor to the Tuendelee Pamoja II (TP II) project, gave a glowing commendation of the IITA-implemented initiatives in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Picture of IITA Country Representative Marc Schut giving a presentation.

IITA Rwanda’s new agenda: Country strategy for impact through partnerships and innovation

IITA Rwanda held a retreat in April to develop a new country strategy and set the agenda that will guide IITA’s transformative research work and innovation in the country.

Picture of Phil Hall of the A.G. Leventis Foundation (center right) and Hilde Koper, IITA DDG, Corporate Services (4th from left) with the Forest Center staff.

IITA Forest Center plants the Ibadan Malimbe Grove

Birds play important ecological roles by acting as agents of pollination, seed dispersal, and pest control. They also help to indicate the health of the environment.

Picture of Dr Nzola Mahungu, IITA DRC Country Representative; Ir Augustin Kadima, delegate of USAID; Evariste Bushabu, General Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture; Clement Kandu, Coordinator of SENASEM

Workshop held on “Validation of the revised and harmonized standards for seed system in DRC”

IITA organized on 4 April a workshop on “Validation of the revised and harmonized standards for healthy cassava planting materials production, control, and certification,” within the framework of the project Action to control the Cassava Brown Streak in Democratic Republic of Congo (CBSD-DRC).

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IITA banana breeder honored at international Musa meeting

On 3 May in Miami, Florida, IITA banana breeder Rony Swennen was honored with a prestigious award by the Association for Cooperation in Research and Integral Development of Banana and Plantains (ACORBAT). The award, which was presented by Dr Jorge Sandoval, President of ACORBAT, recognizes Swennen’s “unquantifiable contributions to the development of Musa research in…

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Picture of US Ambassador H.E. Lucy Tamlyn (2nd from right) with IITA Biodiversity Center curator Georg Goergen, and US Embassy Political and Economic Section Chief Marisa N. Cohrs, IITA Emeritus Scientist Peter Neuenschwander, and USAID-Benin General Development Officer Geoffrey Minott.

US Ambassador to Benin visits IITA to learn more about the fall armyworm and the biodiversity center

On 7 May, the US Ambassador to Benin, H.E. Lucy Tamlyn, visited the IITA-Benin station accompanied by the US Embassy Political and Economic Section Chief Marisa N. Cohrs and USAID-Benin General Development Officer Geoffrey Minott.

Picture of Ranjana Bhattacharjee addressing farmers and other stakeholders

IITA participates in Farmers’ Day

On 19 April, IITA joined cocoa farmers in a Farmers’ Day at Akure, Ondo state.

Picture of Tonny Omwansa, IITA Director, Research Support services, discussing and enlightening the participants.

Research Support Services discuss achievements and way forward

The research support day held at IITA Conference Center, on 7 May, brought together staff members under the Research Support sub-directorate, including Communication Unit, Data and Information Management Unit (DIMU), Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (M&E), and Project Development and Administration Unit (PDAU).

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