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Picture of At the Genetic Resources Center, the media practitioners saw seeds of various crops of importance which IITA holds in trust for humanity.

IITA’s successes highlighted at media forum

Research breakthroughs over the last 50 years were highlighted during the first Media Day organized by IITA in Ibadan.

Picture of brown streak disease in cassava.

R4D Special: Spirited effort by IITA team to manage the viruses destroying cassava in Africa

From convincing communities to uproot all their cassava to replace with new clean planting materials, piloting a commercial system to supply disease-free planting materials, to developing new rapid methods to diagnose the viruses, the IITA Vector Entomology team in Eastern Africa has certainly been busy exploring all options to save the cassava in Eastern and parts of Central Africa.

Picture of IITA Goodwill Ambassador, former president Olusegun Obasanjo, addressing the audience during the NZHF in Benue.

Nigerian governors endorse peer advisory mechanism to facilitate the attainment of zero hunger by 2025

Five state governors in Nigeria have endorsed a peer advisory mechanism to enable them to monitor the implementation of their state-grown agricultural plans with a view to ending hunger by 2025.

Picture of Godwin Atser, Toyin Oke, His Royal Highness, Tor Tiv, Prof James Ayatse; and DDG Dashiell in Benue state.

Obasanjo, Dashiell, Umahi, and Yaji honored by Benue government

The Benue State government has honored IITA Ambassador, former President Olusegun Obasanjo; IITA Deputy Director General for Partnerships and Delivery, Kenton Dashiell; Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi; and a former Deputy Governor of Benue State, Sule Yaji for their contributions to food security.

Picture of Director Chiji (center, in black) flanked by the youth agripreneurs and staff in Onne.

AfDB Director urges scientists to take advantage of IITA Onne

Chiji Ojukwu, Director, Agriculture and Agroindustry Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB), called on scientists to consider setting up their research plots at the reopened agricultural research and training facility in Onne.

Picture of top officials of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IITA top management in a group photo.

Gates team discusses food security with IITA

Two top officials of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation were in IITA to discuss ways to address food security in Africa with impact at scale.

Picture of DG Sanginga and an Agripreneur presents a plaque to HE, Kemi Adeosun.

Nigerian Finance Minister: ENABLE Youth should be rolled out

The Nigerian Minister of Finance, Honorable Kemi Adeosun, visited IITA on 10 June to look at the IITA Agripreneurs Program (IYA) and learn more about the African Development Bank-funded ENABLE Youth (Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment) Program.

Picture of Researcher inspecting cowpea plants.

Using wild relatives in breeding cowpea for improved adaptation to drought and heat

Cowpea is an important staple crop of the savannah region of West Africa but efforts to increase its productivity may be hampered by climate change particularly reduced and erratic rainfall and increased temperatures.

Picture of workshop participants in East Africa Hub.

Study on youth and commercialization of agriculture in Africa kicks off with a planning workshop

Agriculture is one sector that many Africa countries are banking on for their economic development. For this to happen there is need to transform and commercialize the sector.

Picture of IITA Maize Breeder Abebe Menkir with other members of the high table.

SARD-SC maize conference leverages on private sector partnership

The SARD-SC maize conference, held in Livingstone, Zambia, 14—20 May, was a valuable opportunity for the maize project and its partners to interact with other stakeholders from Zambia, Nigeria, and Africa in general.

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