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What are the long-term effects of fertilizers and inoculants? N2Africa project tries to find out

“We are asking farmers to use inoculants and fertilizers while growing their soybean. We know some of the applied nutrients such as P and K remain in the soil as not all is taken up by the crop. We also ask farmers to rotate soybean and other crops such as maize and they also use…

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Borno State Youth Agripreneurs get start-up grant

Following the workshops organized by the IITA Youth Agripreneurs for 40 youth in Borno State in September 2014 and 2015, N2Africa has approved grants for the trained Agripreneurs to kick-start their agribusiness enterprises. After selecting 20 potential agribusinesses from the identified crops, the youth chose the following: production and marketing for soybean, cowpea, and groundnut;…

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China seeks to deepen relations with Africa in agricultural development

China has stepped up efforts to deepen collaboration with Africa in the area of agricultural development with the exploration of cooperation with IITA. China’s Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS), the agency that is promoting the collaboration with IITA, sees the partnership as a win-win situation for both China and Africa, as the latter seeks…

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AfDB delegation visits new IITA-Zambia research facility

On 11 March, a delegation from the African Development Bank (AfDB) led by Dr Chiji Ojukwu, Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry, conducted a site visit to IITA-Zambia’s new regional hub office and research facility at its Southern Africa Research and Administration Hub (SARAH) campus in Kabangwe, Chongwe District in Lusaka Province, some 15 km north…

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Cassava commercialization project launched in Malawi

In its unceasing efforts to support Malawi to improve rural livelihoods IITA launched a new cassava project “Promoting cassava commercialization for increased income, employment and food security in Malawi” on 8 March in Lilongwe. The project, which is funded by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)-Malawi, focuses on (1) Facilitating the development of strong…

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IITA and Ekimiks organize agribusiness training for youths

IITA in collaboration with Ekimiks Nigeria Limited and L.A. Consult are organizing a 5-day agribusiness training for youth in Nigeria and other African countries under the framework of the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA). The training is a follow-up to the first phase of training on Agripreneurial and Business Management organized by Ekimiks Nigeria Limited for…

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SARD-SC PMU retreat held amid applause for laudable achievements

The SARD-SC Project Management unit held the 2016 annual retreat recently in Abuja, with staff of all the implementing centers―ICARDA, AfricaRice, IITA, and IFPRI―in attendance. The retreat assessed what was done in the previous year and planned ahead for the new year. Project Coordinator Chrys Akem said the meeting was a critical one because the…

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IITA-Bukavu and Kinshasa stations host premier web2fordev training workshop

IITA-Central Africa Hub in partnership with the Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has successfully organized its first training on Web2forDev and social media in DR Congo. The training was held at Kalambo on 22–26 February and in Kinshasa on 29 February–4 March. The beneficiaries consisted of 52 participants comprising staff from policymaking…

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Nigerian Agriculture Minister to support IITA Youth Agripreneurs

Nigeria’s Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has expressed interest in supporting the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA). Receiving the IITA and IYA delegates led by Director General Nteranya Sanginga, in his office on 14 March, the Minister said the initiative was in line with his administration’s vision of ensuring that agriculture is embraced by…

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IWD2016: Gender parity in research and science by 2030

IITA joined the rest of the world in marking this year’s International Women’s Day and organized a half-day panel discussion that focused on how to accelerate gender parity in science and research at its Eastern Africa hub in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This was in line with the theme of this year’s international women’s day…

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