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IITA/icipe supervised PhD student celebrated among future women leaders in agriculture by UN-ECA

As the world marks International Women’s Day, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) celebrates young African women conducting research primarily in agriculture and who have made notable achievements in the field. ECA interviewed and publicized these women’s research journeys to inspire the continent and the world to do more to harness this powerful…

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Agriculture PS identifies priority collaboration areas with IITA to improve Tanzanian agriculture

Agriculture PS identifies priority collaboration areas with IITA to improve Tanzanian agriculture

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Gerald Kusaya, has said the Government of Tanzania is keen to strengthen collaboration with IITA in its ongoing efforts to develop the country’s agriculture sector. Kusaya was speaking to a delegation from IITA that had paid him a courtesy visit on 22 February at his offices…

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Maiden Naija Farmer Reality TV show on a learning visit to IITA Abuja

Maiden Naija Farmer Reality TV show on a learning visit to IITA Abuja

The Co-coordinator and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chigbo Okoli, and fifteen Farm Mates of the maiden edition of the Naija Farmer Reality TV Show visited the IITA Abuja Station on a field tour. The essence of the visit was to see, in practice, some aspects of agriculture taught in the Farm House. It was also…

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Access to infrastructure can increase youth engagement in agriculture

Access to infrastructure can increase youth engagement in agriculture

Youth unemployment remains a critical challenge in developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where the youth unemployment rate is among the world’s highest. While graduate unemployment is a major concern for the Republic of Benin’s government, a study carried out under the IITA–CARE project—sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) across 10 African countries—explored factors that can influence the country’s youth to venture into agribusiness.  Despite the opportunities for self-employment…

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IITA holds critical position in Nigeria’s agricultural sector

FMARD – Nigeria: IITA holds critical position in Nigeria’s agricultural sector

Mr Richard-Mark Mbaram, the Technical Adviser on Knowledge Management and Communication to Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Honorable Mohammed Sabo Nanono, has highlighted IITA’s role in the nation’s agricultural sector. He spoke on this during a visit to the Institute on 18 December 2020. According to Mbaram, the visit aimed to explore opportunities…

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Stakeholders meet virtually to discuss shared plans for One Health Challenge

The CGIAR Two Degree Initiative for Food and Agriculture recently organized an online stakeholder consultation to articulate a shared vision, outcomes, and outputs around the One-Health collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach. The approach aims to work at the local, regional, national, and global levels to achieve optimal health outcomes while recognizing the interconnection between people,…

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IITA gets biotechnology stewardship certification

IITA gets biotechnology stewardship certification

After completing a three-year audit cycle, IITA has become a certified member of Excellence Through Stewardship (ETS). ETS is a global organization that promotes the adoption of product stewardship programs and quality management systems for the full life cycle of agricultural biotechnology products. IITA joined the ETS organization as a member in late 2016, marking…

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STEP-Kenya motivates students at CSAYN forum

On 20 February, the IITA Start Them Early Program (STEP) team from Kenya attended a forum of the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) at the University of Nairobi, Upper Kabete campus. The STEP team comprised Lorraine Mutinda, Samuel Kamau, Maryfaith Simiyu, and Stallone Mambo, a student representative from Mwiki Secondary School. The Principal of…

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IITA’s labor of love, transforming African Agriculture

To love, or not to love, that is not the question! How to love…now that is real the question. Since 1967, IITA has been on a journey of love, developing solutions to eradicate hunger by ensuring food security, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The Institute has done this by championing research to increase crop yield and…

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IITA to work with Osun State in raising agribusiness ambassadors

On 23 January, the Osun State Commissioner for Education, Hon Folarunsho Oladoyin visited IITA Ibadan campus with his Assistant, Bukola Elufisan and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Jamiu Olawumi. The purpose of their visit was to collaborate with IITA through the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) and Start Them Early Program (STEP) platforms,…

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