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Picture of DG Sanginga motivates IITA Youth Agripreneurs to go into value chain activities in maize.
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Reorient the African youth towards agriculture, pleads DG Sanginga

At the Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Lusaka, Zambia on 23 May, IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga strongly affirmed that the African youth holds the ace to transforming the agricultural sector when given the right orientation and empowerment. Speaking as a panelist at the meeting co-hosted by INCLUDE to discuss ‘jobs…

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Picture of Chiji Ojukwu of AfDB (center) and H.E. Matata Ponyo (left) listen to IITA’s Nzola Mahungu (right), IITA Representative in DR Congo, talking about the cassava processing equipment introduced through the SARD-SC project funded by AfDB.

IITA empowers cassava farmers in Bukanga Lonzo, DR Congo

The Agro-Industrial Park of Bukanga Lonzo (PAI-BL) is the first complex intended to transform DR Congo’s agriculture into an engine for economic development. When completed, the PAI-BL will have over 50,000 hectares of developed farmland producing staple crops and vegetables. It will also produce livestock products such as poultry and pork. In addition to producing…

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Picture of Participants at the HQCF review meeting.

IFAD-IITA HQCF organizes review meeting with processors

Members of the High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) value chain project recently reviewed the activities of the HQCF processors on the project. The review meeting, held in Ibadan on 15 June, scrutinized success indicators of interest to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the project donor. These include the change in yield and income of…

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Picture of Youth Agripreneurs display their certificates of participation after the training.

IITA and CTA organize training on ICT, social media for youth

The IITA-Central Africa Hub and the Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) organized its first training on ICT and social media for Agribusiness and Marketing in DR Congo. The training was held at Kalambo on 20–24 June. The training participants consisted of IITA Kalambo Youth Agripreneurs (IKYA), youth value chain actors, and civil…

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Picture of DDG Ken Dashiell with the Risk Management Committee members flag-off the opening of Risk Awareness Week in IITA.

IITA organizes first-ever Risk Awareness Week

From 27 to 29 June, IITA hosted Risk Awareness Week across all hubs and stations. With the theme “Consider the risk, Improve IITA”, the week aimed to increase awareness on risk management and develop a culture of risk management among staff. Organized by the Risk Management Committee (RMC), the week included Risk Walk, interviews with…

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Call for paper – Innovative treatment and presentation of cassava stems for increasing sales

The Building an Economically Sustainable, Integrated Seed System for Cassava in Nigeria (BASICS) project is calling for submission of inventive proposals on “Innovative treatment and presentation of cassava stems for increasing sales”. BASICS is a new project that aims to develop a sustainable cassava seed value chain in Nigeria, characterized by the commercial production and…

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Kwesi Atta-Krah (left) leads panel discussion on sustainable productivity growth.

IITA plays active role at Africa Agriculture Science Week

From supporting the organization of the event both programmatically and financially, to organizing various parallel and side sessions and taking part in an exhibition together with other CGIAR centers, IITA was very active and visible at the recently concluded Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW). The event was organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in…

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Picture of Women of ‘Tugurakire kitoki’ farmers group give a hearty welcome to visitors in their banana field. In its 10 years CIALCA has lifted 560,000 smallholder farmers out of poverty.

CIALCA marks a decade with over half a million farmers out of poverty

Over half a million smallholder farmers in the Great Lakes region of East and Central Africa have been lifted out of poverty. This is partly due to 10 years of research, capacity building, and networking activities of the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA) that has seen over 25 innovative agricultural technologies…

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Picture of Nteranya Sanginga (IITA) and Yemi Akinbamijo (FARA)share warm greetings.

Africa must develop its agribusiness for economic growth and social transformation–FARA Director

Let’s change the way we do business. Agriculture is beyond the farm gate and selling the raw produce which constitutes only 10% of business in agriculture. The profit is in the value chain,” says Yemi Akinbamijo, the Executive Director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). He made these remarks at the 7th…

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Picture of SARD-SC Communication Officer Interviewing a guest.

SARD-SC side event highlights contributions to food and nutrition security

In consonance with the theme of this year’s FARA event, Apply Science, Impact livelihoods, the SARD-SC project, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) held a side event on the topic, SARD-SC contributing to food and nutrition security in Africa. The purpose of the side event was to highlight the achievements of the project in…

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