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Oracle training in IITA

In a continuous effort to improve financial and management processes across the Institute, the IT Unit at IITA successfully organized the first Oracle access training on 24-28 April in Ibadan.

Group photograph of meeting participants in Abuja.

Partnerships for perpetuity: N2Africa consolidates PPPs as plans for exit strategy progresses

Among agricultural researchers, there exists a growing consensus that developing excellent technologies for farmers to grow their enterprises is no longer enough. What needs to be done for such technologies to remain effective and sustainable beyond the life of any intervention program?

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Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture urges youth to prop agriculture

Chief Audu Ogbeh, Nigeria’s Honorable Minister of Agriculture (HMA), has urged the IITA Youth Agripreneurs in the IITA-Onne station to produce large volumes of improved suckers, pledging government’s commitment to procure the inputs.

Picture of Debo Akande, Aflasafe AgResults Pilot Manager addressing implementers in Ibadan.

AgResults holds 4th annual implementer induction and training at IITA

Aflatoxin contamination is a menace affecting over 4.5 billion people in developing countries. This is why the AgResults aflasafe™ pilot project is working through its private-sector experts known as implementers to facilitate access for farmers to Aflasafe—Africa’s first biocontrol product for aflatoxins.

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Nigeria Youth Parliament visit IITA

On 20 April, Rt. Hon Ayodele Obe, the newly elected Speaker of the Nigerian youth parliament (NYP) led youth delegates from Ondo, Katsina, Imo, Oyo, Kwara, Lagos, and Ogun states to IITA-Ibadan to kick-start collaboration with the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA).

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IITA and ICRAF researchers hold consultation workshop

IITA and ICRAF scientists active in the cocoa sector met on 23 March, in Yaoundé for a strategic consultation workshop.

IITA Cameroon hosts meeting of international organizations on REDD+ activities

Member institutions of the CCPM CCPM (Consultation Circle of Partners of Ministry of Forests and Wildlife and Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development) REDD+ came together in Cameroon on 10 March to identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices, and exchange knowledge on solutions and pathways for moving the REDD+ agenda forward.

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ACAI field staff trained on simplified data collection tools and management for field activities in Tanzania

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project has trained its staff and partners on agronomy database management and the barcode labeling system. The training was necessary due to the increased number of field trials the project is conducting in the country, and which in turn has created the need to clearly label and identify each attribute being studied.

Picture of IITA/SARD-SC cassava processing center building at ZARI-Mansa.

IITA looks to spur cassava sector growth in Zambia as it hands over processing center to national partner

IITA, through its “Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa” (SARD-SC) project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), turned over a modern cassava processing center to its national partner, the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI), on 12 April in Mansa, Luapula Province, some 800 km north of the capital Lusaka.

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Seminar on developments in yam production in Abuja ends with a feast

The yam program at the IITA Station in Abuja organized a series of seminar presentations by scientists from the station to educate staff on the progress made in yam research over the years, as well as providing an interactive platform for information exchange.

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