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YIIFSWA scientist honored by research community

Morufat Balogun, Tissue Culture Specialist with IITA’s Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) project has won the 2016 edition of the International Institute for Training, Research and Economic Development (IITRED) prize. The award recognizes her study on Absorbent kenaf materials and method of making and using same; development of high yield…

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IITA scientist addresses first commonwealth forestry gathering

During the first conference of the Commonwealth Forestry Association Nigeria Chapter held at the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria in Ibadan on 10-12 October, Deni Bown, Head, IITA Forest Unit, presented a paper titled “Prioritizing and protecting Nigeria’s threatened trees: the work of IITA in promoting the propagation and cultivation of indigenous tree species.” The…

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African youth are capable of revitalizing agro-allied industries

The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has reiterated his support for Africa’s youth, saying that if given the chance to participate effectively in agro-allied industries, they will rejuvenate the agriculture sector, create wealth, and become gainfully employed. Adesina gave the opening talk at the African Economic Conference (AEC) held in Abuja on…

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IITA Youth Agripreneurs shines at AEC

At a session dedicated to youth entrepreneurship in agriculture at the 2016 Africa Economic Conference in Abuja, the IITA Youth Agripreneurs in Nigeria delighted participants and other stakeholders present during the session. Making their voices heard, the youth provided testimonials on the impact of the IITA Youth Agripreneurs on their entrepreneurial skills and also defended…

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Initiative announced to improve and make high quality seed yam available

The availability and accessibility of high quality seed yam of improved varieties are the focus of a new US$12 million project aimed at revolutionizing the yam production system. This is intended to transform the formal seed systems in Ghana and Nigeria, Africa’s largest exporter and largest producer of yam, respectively. The flagship yam project, Yam…

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Stakeholders advocate multisectoral engagement to tackle malnutrition, boost economy

To reverse the trend of Nigeria’s declining economy, engage the teeming unemployed youth population, and tackle malnutrition, government and private sector stakeholders in the health, agriculture, and beverage sectors must encourage and take part in the local production of more nutritious foods. This was according to experts, including researchers, policy and decision makers, food processors,…

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Former IITA scientist receives prestigious award from MAFF

For his efforts in characterizing yam germplasm held in conservation at the IITA Genebank, Gezahegn Girma Tessema, former visiting scientist/DNA Fingerprinting Specialist in the Bioscience Center of IITA based in Ibadan received the 2016 Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers. The award was presented to Tessema on 1 December at the U Thant International…

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Efforts launched to save 6.8 million soybean growing households in Africa from rust disease

While soybean is increasingly becoming an important commercial and food crop in many countries in Africa, its production is greatly threatened by factors such as lack of access to improved varieties and inputs; abiotic factors such as poor soil fertility and unpredictable weather changes; and biotic factors such as diseases, weeds, and insect pests. However,…

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Did you know: The start of IITA’s Research Program

IITA’s first research scientist was entomologist W. Keith Whitney, who accepted the position in 1968. The following year, he was joined by nematologist Fields Caveness and a host of others. By April 1969, these scientists had established experiments at the Ibadan site organized along disciplinary lines. Soon afterwards, a research committee was established to coordinate…

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PASIC study findings and Humidtropics’ Innovation Platforms factored in Uganda’s newly passed National

The approval of the National Agricultural Extension Policy (NAEP) and its strategy (NAES) in October 2016 by the Cabinet of the Government of Uganda was a major milestone for IITA and partners in their efforts to push for wide consultation with stakeholders in policy formulation. The policy incorporated findings from a study on Policy and…

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