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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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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.

Picture of Tarawali leading the visitors to the Youth Training Center and Agripreneurs’ Work Station that is under construction.

Advanced AfDB presidential party visits IITA Abuja Station

A two-member delegation comprising the Regional Director of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dore Ousmane, and the AfDB Chief of Staff and Director of Cabinet, Sipho Moyo, were at the IITA Abuja Station on 8 September.

Picture of Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, President AFDB

General background of TAAT: AfDB committed to developing African agriculture and economy through TAAT

The concept of “Africa Feeding Africa” is inarguably the only way the continent can best feed itself and transform its economies by targeting agriculture as a source of wealth and job creation. For the realization of these laudable goals, “Africa Feeding Africa” is a new and core priority of the African Development Bank, as encapsulated…

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Picture of Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB president (left) and Nteranya Sanginga, IITA DG (right) discuss.
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IITA/AfDB host pre-appraisal meeting for TAAT, a new mega-agricultural initiative in Africa

IITA and the African Development Bank (AfDB) are hosting a pre-appraisal meeting for the Bank’s new initiative, Feeding Africa or Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program, 18-30 July at IITA headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria. The TAAT program is a critical strategy for transforming agriculture on the continent that would ensure that Africa is able…

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Picture of DG Sanginga motivates IITA Youth Agripreneurs to go into value chain activities in maize.
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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 Akinwumi Adesina receives the FARA award in recognition of his visionary leadership.

Adesina, AfDB president and IITA alumni, feted at FARA’s Science Week

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), became the first laureate of the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) award for leadership in advancing the agriculture agenda in Africa. The award aimed at recognizing an individual who had made significant personal achievement in efforts towards creating a more food secure continent. Adesina…

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