Picture of Africa RISING in Zambia photobook

Photo reports: Africa RISING in Malawi and Zambia

The Africa RISING project management team recently visited different project sites in Malawi and Zambia.

Picture of Dr Allan Brown, IITA Banana Breeder

Musa project develops hybrids of local Tanzanian cooking banana “Mchare”

The banana breeding team at IITA in partnership with the national research team in Tanzania, has developed hybrids of one of the most popular cooking bananas in Tanzania and part of the East African Highland cooking banana called “Mchare.”

Picture of CIALCA introduced many AR4D technologies to farmers in Central Africa. Photo by P. Lepoint, Bioversity International.

Assessing impact of AR4D technologies on poverty reduction in farm households in Central Africa

A team of IITA socioeconomists carried out a study titled “Who benefits from which agricultural research-for-development technologies? Evidence from farm household poverty analysis in Central Africa, published in the World Development, ScienceDirect journal.

Picture of The Côte d’Ivoire Youth minister (second from left) listening to IITA Tanzania Youth representatives explaining aout their livestock feed production process.

Youth Minister from Côte d’Ivoire impressed with IITA Youth Agripreneurs

The Minister for Promotion of Youth, Youth Employment, and Civic Engagement of Côte d’Ivoire, The Hon. Sidi Tiémoko Toure, has remarked that the IITA Youth Agripreneur program in Tanzania is impressive and that he is convinced that agriculture holds great potential for tackling youth unemployment in Africa.

Picture of Dr Nzola Mahungu, Country Representative of IITA-DRC; Ir Augustin Kadima, delegate of USAID; Evariste Bushabu, General Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture; Clement Kandu, Coordinator of SENASEM, at the workshop on CBSD.

Workshop on ‘’Validation of the revised and harmonized standards for seed system in DRC’’

IITA organized a workshop on validation of the revised and harmonized standards for healthy cassava plant materials production, control, and certification.

Picture of IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga addressing Board members, German science and technology stakeholders, and other participants at a special session.

Board of Trustees meeting: IITA to transform into a project based institution

The IITA Board of Trustees (BoT) held its 2018 spring meeting in Bonn, Germany, 23–26 April.


Welcome to incoming board chair, Amos NamangaNgongi

Amos NamangaNgongi is the new IITA Board Chair effective end of April 2018. He takes over from Bruce Coulman of the University of Saskatchewan.

Youth Agripreneurs: Agriculture is a goldmine

For Ibukunoluwa Agbotoba and Zaccheaus Izuwa, agriculture–which used to be seen as a job for the less privileged–is a goldmine that has the capacity to pay their bills and give other youth the opportunity of earning a decent living.

Picture of Tope Adegboyega, IARSAF President, addressing the participants at the annual symposium in IITA

Researchers discuss bridging research and industry for a stable continent at IARSAF 21

More than 200 researchers convened at the IITA Conference Center on 16– 19 April for the 21 st Annual Symposium of the International Association of Research Scholars and Fellows (IARSAF)-IITA to interact, provide an update on their research activities, and exchange innovative ideas.

IARSAF disseminates improved seed varieties to farmers as they mark the end of their 21st annual symposium

Taking the 21st annual symposium further, the International Association of Research Scholars and Fellows (IARSAF)-IITA, went on a field trip on 19 April to Ikenne Local Government Area (LGA) in Ogun State and Akinyele LGA in Oyo State to train, disseminate IITA’s research solutions, and provide technical support to local farmers.

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