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IITA is Open Access!

This is Open Access Week! IITA joins the celebration of this global event, now on its eighth year (http://www.cgiar.org/consortium-news/open-access-week/). Open Access Week provides an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they learn with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to…

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Picture of Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze addresses the staff and guests during the 50th anniversary launch program, 19 October, IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria.

IITA kicks off 50th anniversary celebration in Ibadan with IFAD president as guest of honor

IITA commenced its golden jubilee celebration, with a launching event at the headquarters in Ibadan, on Wednesday, 19 October. The launch event featured the president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze, as the guest of honor.

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UC GloCal Health Fellowship selects IITA Cameroon as a new site, announces new window for funding research

The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) GloCal Health Fellowship has selected IITA-Cameroon also known as the Congo Basin Institute (CBI), as one of its new training sites in Africa where supportive mentorship, research opportunities, and a collaborative research environment is provided for young and upcoming scientists.

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IITA receives special commendation

During a working visit to IITA Kalambo Station, Adolphe Mulumba, the General Secretary (equivalent to Permanent Secretary) of the National Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock of the DR Congo, lauded IITA for its initiatives towards reducing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition and noted that they are in line with government’s development programs. Mulumba who was…

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Scientists to develop new roadmap for African Yam Bean

Over 40 scientists attending the African Yam Bean (AYB) symposium have agreed to develop a roadmap for the improvement of AYB in a bid to rejuvenate research and develop this neglected and underutilized food crop in Nigeria. The symposium was organized on 18-19 October by the IITA Genetic Resources Center (GRC) in Ibadan. It brought…

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Picture of Agripreneurs Sandrine (in green) and Lisette (in red) briefing the visitors to the IYAKIN exhibition stand.

Kinshasa Agripreneurs participate in international agricultural show

The IITA Youth Agripreneurs in Kinshasa (IYAKIN) were participants at the first ever International Agricultural Fair of Kinshasa which was held on 16 to 25 September. The fair was organized to show the country’s potentials in agriculture, attract new investors, strengthen public-private partnership, and increase business and job creation opportunities through meetings and exchange of…

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Picture of From (Left - Right ) Mr Sidibé and Dr Touré at the Cassava processing unit.

“Big brothers” come back to IITA for commercialization

Reconnection and commercialization met on 18-20 October when Dr Moctar Touré from Senegal, and Mr Birama Sidibé from Mali, long-time friends of IITA DG Nteranya Sanginga, visited Ibadan to initiate a partnership-support relationship with the Institute that would benefit many start-up businesses in Africa. The duo were warmly received by DG Sanginga, who gleefully welcomed…

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IITA holds first-ever science day in Tanzania

IITA scientists and senior support and administration staff working in Tanzania gathered in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for a “Science Day” event and listened to over 30 presentations from each other on the ongoing research efforts and activities in the country. The science day was held on 29–30 September. “The event was very successful. We…

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Fulbright/NATGEO Fellow visits IITA−icipe

Tim McDonnell, a journalist on a Fulbright and National Geographic Fellowship, visited IITA’s Central Africa Hub coordination office at icipe in Nairobi. Tim is an environment and science reporter for Mother Jones magazine, a US national affairs magazine in New York whose reporting focuses primarily on climate change. He is currently a research fellow with the Fulbright…

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Picture of DG Nteranya Sanginga (right) is welcomed by the President of the Republic of Benin, H.E. Patrice Talon.

Benin President volunteers to endorse IITA’s initiative to create internat’l center dealing with biorisks associated with climate change

His Excellency Patrice Talon, President of the Republic of Benin, will be promoting IITA’s initiative in mitigating biorisks associated with climate change to a broad audience during the upcoming COP 22 in Morocco this November. The President volunteered to champion this cause on 11 October, when a delegation from IITA headed by DG Nteranya Sanginga,…

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