IITA News

Study on fertilizer perception, quality, and use under way in Tanzania

A study has been initiated to dig deeper into factors influencing the use of fertilizers by smallholder farmers in Tanzania and in particular those around quality and pricing issues. The study “Mineral fertilizer quality: implications for smallholder farmers” is being conducted by Anna Fairbairn, an MSc student in Agriculture and Applied Economics at the University…

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Using video to promote improved potato seed quality in southwestern Uganda – Preliminary results from a randomized intervention

In Uganda, low quality of potato seed is a major contributor to low potato yields among smallholder farmers. This finding was one of the main conclusions from an ongoing policy research project (PASIC). The research, led by the Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries (MAAIF) with support from IITA, IFPRI and EPRC, collected…

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YIIFSWA organizes workshops to share experiences among yam farmers after exchange visits

The goal of the Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) project is to work towards its 10-year vision of doubling the incomes from yam for three million smallholder farming families who depend on the crop in West Africa, and contribute to food security for producers and consumers. In the next…

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Stakeholders map out STMA workplan for West Africa

West African stakeholders involved in the implementation of the project Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) convened at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria, to take stock of the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project and map out its 2016/17 workplan. During the workshop, held 30 May−–2 June, participants from the West African target countries (Benin, Ghana,…

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IITA youth wins in the SUPA youth agribusiness camp 2016

Beckie Nakabugo, youth coordinator of Uganda Youth Agripreneurs, emerged among the top five winners that automatically entered the Consortium for Enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development (CURAD) competition that will give the overall winner a prize of US$5000 to grow their business ideas. This was during the “SUPA Youth in Agribusiness Camp” that was organized…

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DRC governor cites IITA efforts to combat food/nutritional security

At the closing ceremony of a 3-day international conference that put nutrition at the top of the development agenda, the Governor of South Kivu Province of DR Congo, His Excellency Marcellien Cishambo, commended IITA for its bold steps to address food and nutritional security in the country and especially in South Kivu. According to the…

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IITA hosts “Alliance” workshop on Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD)

Consolidating the progress on Learning Alliance efforts to address the impact of the Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) disease in Africa was the focus of a 6-day workshop organized by the “Alliance for Banana Bunchy Top Disease Control in Africa” at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria. “The objectives of the workshop, held 23−29 May, were to strengthen…

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SARD-SC maize lauded at planning workshop for refining IP system for enhancing productivity

Over 50 stakeholders, including national partners, researchers, farmers, Innovation platform representatives. IITA maize team, members of maize associations, and SARD-SC project maize country coordinators met in early April in Accra, Ghana, for the planning meeting and workshop of the maize component of the project The workshop deliberated and developed work plans for the year and…

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IITA signs MoU with CATAS on improved crop varieties and cultivation techniques

IITA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Chinese  Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) to enhance the introduction of new crop varieties and cultivation techniques to IITA in the next five years. Speaking at the signing of the MoU held at IITA Nigeria (Abuja), Gbassey Tarawali, who signed on behalf of IITA,…

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High soybean prices bode well for IITA’s MISST project

The soybean marketing season is in full swing. Buyers are everywhere looking for the crop. In a drought-hit farming season, soybean has generally done well and farmers are at least assured of getting something from their produce. Prices have been good this year. A snap survey showed that soybean prices have increased by an average…

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