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TAAT cassava compact launched in Burundi

TAAT cassava compact launched in Burundi

With support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Cassava Compact was launched on 2 April in Bujumbura, Burundi. The Director General of the National Office for Seed Inspection and Certification (Office National de Contrôle et de Certification des Semences [ONCCS]), Fidèle Gahungu, opened the ceremony on behalf of…

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AfDB Vice President visits IITA

On 26 March, Dr Jennifer Blanke, Vice President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) paid a courtesy visit to IITA headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria. She was received by IITA Director General, Nteranya Sanginga, the Deputy Director Generals, and members of IITA management. The purpose of her visit was “to see how the collaborations were going…

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Dr Jonas Chianu (2nd from left) leading the dialogue with other stakeholders.

AfDB TAAT mission visits Burundi

An African Development Bank (AfDB) mission on Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) visited Burundi, 5-9 March, to meet and update Burundian authorities and stakeholders in agricultural research and development including donors, farmers, microfinance institutions, and the private sector on the latest on TAAT. The visit was led by Dr Jonas Chianu, AfDB/TAAT Program Director,…

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Picture of Director Chiji (center, in black) flanked by the youth agripreneurs and staff in Onne.

AfDB Director urges scientists to take advantage of IITA Onne

Chiji Ojukwu, Director, Agriculture and Agroindustry Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB), called on scientists to consider setting up their research plots at the reopened agricultural research and training facility in Onne.

Picture of IITA/SARD-SC cassava processing center building at ZARI-Mansa.

IITA looks to spur cassava sector growth in Zambia as it hands over processing center to national partner

IITA, through its “Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa” (SARD-SC) project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), turned over a modern cassava processing center to its national partner, the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI), on 12 April in Mansa, Luapula Province, some 800 km north of the capital Lusaka.

Good news for bakers!

Bakers in Liberia now join their counterparts in Nigeria in producing bromate-free bread using high quality cassava flour (HQCF) in combination with wheat flour and cassava enzymes. This healthier alternative is being promoted by IITA as an option for bakers who have had to contend with low grade wheat flour with low gluten content widespread…

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Picture of DG Nteranya Sanginga and the Agripreneurs welcoming AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina to IITA’s Abuja Station.

IITA Nigeria (Abuja) hosts AfDB President

To see how IITA is assisting the Nigerian youth engaged in the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) scheme to generate novel businesses from agriculture, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and former Principal Economist at IITA, Akinwumi Adesina, paid his first official visit as President of the Bank to IITA’s Station in Abuja on…

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Picture of Director of Agriculture Department Chiji Ojukwu

AfDB delegates respond to the youth

Speaking at the event, Chiji Ojukwu said the Feed Africa strategy of the Bank, under which the flagship of ENABLE youth is domiciled, will support young people in Nigeria and 31 other African countries.

Picture of Agada Theresa Ene (Agripreneur)

Sowing a legacy

A major input being injected into the youth program in Abuja is sustainable farming systems. The focus is to ensure that the agroecology of the location is maintained. To promote this goal, President Adesina of AfDB, DG Sanginga, and the IYA planted three trees to commemorate the visit of the AfDB principal officers to the station….

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Picture of DG Nteranya Sanginga welcomes AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina at the IITA Abuja Station.

AfDB President applauds IITA’s efforts in assisting Africa to feed itself

The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has commended IITA for piloting a sustainable program that is already combining the energies of youth in ventures that could make the continent food sufficient.

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