Listening to what women don’t say

What women don’t say can be as important as what they do say. I learned this recently in Nigeria. Villagers love cassava because of its flexibility. People can harvest the plants one or few at a time, as the household needs food. But cassava can also be tricky. Once the roots are harvested they are…

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Stakeholders discuss biopesticide registration in Malawi

A two-day stakeholders’ review meeting was held at the Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. The aim was to discuss the existing policies and regulations on biopesticide registration with relevant stakeholders and solicit their input on a ‘Guidance Document’ for streamlining registration in Malawi. The document was developed by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and…

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Picture of ZIYA youth trainees at a cassava seed multiplication site in Kaoma.

Zambia IITA Youth Agripreneurs complete training on seed production as business

From 20 to 24 June, the Zambia IITA Youth Agripreneurs (ZIYA) arranged for and underwent a training course on “Seed production for business” in Kaoma District in the Western Province of Zambia. Youth in Kaoma are actively involved with the cassava Innovation Platform set up by IITA in the district. The training was conducted by…

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Picture of IYAKIN Agripreneur presenting white mushrooms.

IITA-DRC Youth Agripreneurs promote “Oyster” mushrooms

Youth agripreneurs from the IITA, Kinshasha, DRC station are producing and marketing edible mushrooms called “Oysters”. “Oysters”, scientifically known as Pleurotus sajor-caju, offer important business opportunities in Congo. Although they are in high demanded and appreciated by the Congolese market, they are hard to find. Mushrooms offer significant nutritional benefits. They are rich in proteins,…

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IITA strengthens capacity of graduate students

The IITA Ibadan station is hosting a 4-week training course from 27 June to 22 July, to strengthen the capacity of selected graduate students in the various areas of their research. The 16 participating students are from Chad, Togo, DR Congo, and Sierra-Leone. The training falls under the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) CORAF/WECARD research…

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This week in history: IITA hoists national and institutional flag for the first time

16 July 1973, IITA raised the Nigerian and institutional flag for the first time. John Nickel, IITA acting Director at the time, stated the raising of the Nigerian flag alongside the IITA flag was symbolic. “Such togetherness marks the goodwill that exists between the government and the people of Nigeria and the efforts of IITA…

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Picture of The IRD delegation tasting cassava food products at the cassava processing center in Ibadan.

IRD, IITA explore opportunities for collaboration

A senior delegate from the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) visited IITA, Ibadan, on 28 June to explore partnership opportunities between the two institutes. The IRD Regional Director, Jean-Philippe Chippaux, was accompanied by Arnaud Dornon, Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs, French Embassy, and Martin Mbella, Secretary General of the French Institute for Research…

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Picture of DG Sanginga motivates IITA Youth Agripreneurs to go into value chain activities in maize.

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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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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