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Malawi farmers demand for more organized soybean market

Soybean farmers in the Machinga District of Malawi say a more organized soybean market, like the tobacco market, can spur more production of the crop in the district. Senior Group Village Headman Mbere from the area of Traditional Authority Chikweo in Machinga said this during a field day in his area organized to brief farmers…

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DG Sanginga visits new Southern Africa Hub Campus

On 24 May, IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga was at the new Southern Africa Research and Administration Hub (SARAH) campus at Kabangwe, Lusaka Province, Zambia, touring the facility and interacting with staff based there. The visit to the campus coincided with the attendance of the DG to the 2016 African Development Bank (AfDB) annual conference…

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IITA Trustees’ field visits and Kalambo Station’s facility tour highlight Institute’s progress in research for development

The IITA Board of Trustees held its first meeting of 2016 (10-14 May) in Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu Province, DR Congo. Prior to the meeting, the Trustees spent a day visiting field sites in the province. At the Murhesa Center, a collaborative initiative between the Catholic Diocese of Bukavu and IITA, the Trustees…

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Structural reforms underline IITA’s commitment to excellence

The Institute has announced a new organizational structure aimed at addressing longstanding operational deficiencies and providing a broader range of support within IITA and across projects. The changes were announced by Director General Nteranya Sanginga as part of several decisions reached at the recently concluded meeting of the Board of Trustees (BOT) in Kalambo, DR…

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Tony Elumelu Foundation delegation visits IITA

On 19 May, a delegation of three from the Tony Elumelu Foundation came to IITA-Ibadan to discuss ways of working together to empower African youths through agribusiness. The delegation comprised Abimbola Adebakin, Chief Operating Officer; Onajite Emerhor, Research and Administration analyst; and Folarin Aiyegbusi, IT specialist. Discussing with IITA management, the delegation looked at areas…

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Ethiopian ambassador to Nigeria explores collaboration with IITA

The Ethiopian ambassador to Nigeria, Samia Zekaria, paid an official visit to IITA Headquarters in Ibadan on 12 May to expand and strengthen partnership ties between Ethiopia and IITA, as well as gain a better understanding of the ENABLE Youth Program–a collaborative initiative between IITA and the African Development Bank that seeks to empower youths…

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DDG-R4D visits new southern Africa Hub facility

From 16 to 18 May, Deputy Director General for Research-for-Development (R4D), Ylva Hillbur, was at the new southern Africa Hub campus in Kabangwe, Lusaka Province, Zambia. During the 3-day visit, the DDG familiarized herself with the campus’ facilities, met with Hub-based scientists, learned of the latest developments in R4D projects and activities in the region,…

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IITA launches state of the art AgResults-Aflasafe laboratory at the BIP

The AgResults-Aflasafe laboratory built exclusively for the study of aflatoxin in Africa was officially launched on 6 May by Kenton Dashiell, Deputy Director General for Partnership and Capacity Development. The foundation brick of this lab was laid by IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga on 24 March 2015. The AgResults-Aflasafe project works with private and public…

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IITA to partner with KALRO to produce Aflasafe in Kenya

The top management of the Kenyan Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) paid an official visit to IITA-Ibadan, Nigeria, to learn first-hand about IITA’s work on aflatoxin research in Africa, discuss the modalities of operationalizing production of AflasafeTM in a modular manufacturing plant that is currently being constructed by IITA for KALRO in Katumani, Kenya,…

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“Improved inputs will boost Nigeria’s cocoa system”: Outcome of USAID Nigeria/NEXTT training

The question of how to revive the glory days of Nigeria—one of the cocoa producing giants of the 1960s was at center stage during the just concluded USAID Nigeria/ Nigeria Expanded Trade and Transport (NEXTT) training of trainers workshop held at IITA, Ibadan. According to a report by BusinessDay, the global cocoa supply from Nigeria…

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