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IITA: Investing in tomorrow’s researchers

For a long time, IITA has recognized gender equality in the workforce as an important ideal to pursue. To achieve this, the Institute has prioritized the development of women in research by investing in the next generation of women scientists and empowering them in their different roles. One of such women being empowered today is…

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Muacheia Acacio Groundnut farmer applying Aflasafe in Muriaze, Nampula Province, Northern Mozambique, during field efficacy trials conducted during the 2016/2017 cropping season.

Aflasafe registration gets approval in Mozambique

After almost five years developing and field-testing an innovative but simple way to control aflatoxin in groundnut and maize  in Mozambique,  Mozambique’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security on 20 February approved the registration of two Aflasafe products. Aflasafe is a 100% natural solution to aflatoxin contamination. Each product is composed of four native-to-Mozambique, non-poisonous…

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Picture of Kenton Dashiell, IITA DDG-P4D (3rd from left) with the Advisory Council members and AgResults staff

AgResults holds Advisory Council meeting; deliberates on future plans

AgResults Aflasafe™ pilot project held its quarterly meeting on 19 October, at IITA AgResults-Aflasafe conference room, to update, exchange ideas, and create a platform for interaction between the project’s National Advisory Council members and the project management staff.

Picture of Research Leader of the Africa-wide Aflasafe Initiative at IITA, Ranajit Bandyopadhyay (left),with Abdou Konlambigue of ATTC (rightmost) and other dignitaries showing off packs of Aflasafe GH02 at its launch in Accra.

Getting to grips with aflatoxin in Ghana with Aflasafe

Aflatoxin is a major threat to health, food security, and trade but positive change was heralded in Accra recently, at the official launch of Aflasafe GH02.

Picture of some of the participants at the Aflasafe trial fields where they were taught the practical application of the technology in the field.

IITA trains extension staff on aflatoxin as it prepares to scale out aflasafeTZ in Tanzania

As part of its push to ensure access to safe and aflatoxin-free food across Africa, IITA recently trained stakeholders in the governments’ agricultural extension services in parts of Tanzania, on aflatoxin and on use of aflasafeTZ, the effective biocontrol product that reduces aflatoxin contamination consistently by more than 80% to safe levels.

AgResults holds 5th-year implementer induction; fosters full sustainability in Nigeria

To obtain higher income, quality maize grains, and improve the livelihoods of farmers, the AgResults Aflasafe™ pilot project held its year 5 implementer induction and training workshop on 4–6 April, for both old and new implementers at IITA in Ibadan.

ATTC News Issue 1.

ATTC News: Aflasafe commercialization in full swing

Thanks to more than a decade-and-a-half of dedicated research, we have Aflasafe ready to broadcast onto Africa’s farms. And now, we are working on broadcasting the good news. As part of our communication strategy for the Aflasafe Technology Transfer and Commercialization (ATTC) project, we launched our newsletter, ATTC News, last December. Issue 2 is coming out…

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Deputy Minister of Agriculture praises IITA’s technologies and pledges support to register aflasafeTz

The Deputy Minister for Agriculture in Tanzania, Dr Mary Mwanjelwa, expressed appreciation for the efforts of IITA to develop the agriculture sector in Tanzania.

New Aflasafe website unveiled

IITA’s Aflasafe initiative launched its new Aflasafe® website on 16 October, at IITA Ibadan, to reenergize Aflasafe’s online presence. The unveiling was timed to coincide with World Food Day (WFD). The new website mainly aims to support commercialization by reaching potential users and partners with a focus on marketing, advocacy and creation of awareness, and…

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Picture of Jacob Njegela, Research Associate at IITA, explains how aflasafe was developed and manufactured in the lab at IITA East Africa hub.

IITA trains media on aflatoxin and its biocontrol solution aflasafe

IITA recently trained 15 journalists from Tanzania on aflatoxin, its impact on health and trade, and ongoing efforts by IITA in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF) to control this deadly chemical produced by certain types of fungi.

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