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Fighting together: IITA stations respond with innovations

Fighting together: IITA stations respond with innovations

With the outbreak of COVID-19, CGIAR-IITA has placed a particular focus on working with governments in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen their food systems to combat and win against the scourge of this pandemic. Aside from this holistic response from the Institute, IITA stations in different localities have come up with various innovative solutions geared towards helping their…

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Introducing West Africa’s largest insect collection

Introducing West Africa’s largest insect collection

Quick facts IITA’s insect collection is based in Benin It is the most extensive insect collection in West Africa It has 366,000 insect species Museum houses both pests and beneficial insects Offers free insect identification services How do you catch all these insects? How do you know they are here? Do you go into the…

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AgroEcoHealth focus: Agriculture’s role in the development of mosquitoes

AgroEcoHealth focus: Agriculture’s role in the development of mosquitoes

IITA Molecular Entomologist and Head of the AgroEcoHealth Platform in Cotonou, Rousseau Djouaka, has revealed the role of agriculture in the proliferation of mosquitoes concerning the spread of Buruli ulcer (BU). Djouaka highlighted this in his presentation, “The IITA AgroEcoHealth Platform, Starting from Ground Zero towards New Challenges,” which he gave at the IITA HQ…

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How wasps are used to control the destructive cowpea pest—Maruca vitrata

Maruca vitrata, also known as Maruca pod borer, is one of the most devastating insect pests of cowpea in Africa. Its larvae stage, the caterpillar, is the most destructive and attacks flowers and pods of various legumes causing up to 80% yield loss. Farmers resort to inappropriate pesticide applications with some spraying the legume as…

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Cotonou hosts fruit fly recognition and impact training course

Cotonou hosts fruit fly recognition and impact training course

IITA-Benin hosted a regional training course on “Modern Taxonomy and Identification Tools of Fruit Fly Species in Africa” in Cotonou, 23 to 27 September. The training course, jointly funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was conducted in close collaboration with the University of…

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Picture of HE Véronique Brumeaux (left) being shown the BIMAF platform and fall armyworm rearing facilities by Ghislain Tepa-Yotto and his assistant Seraphin Eteka.

French Ambassador cites research quality of IITA

The French Ambassador to Benin, Her Excellency Véronique Brumeaux, visited the IITA-Benin station on 20 June.

Group photo of IITA Benin staff taken during the IITA50 celebration.

IITA Benin station celebrates IITA50

IITA Benin Station marked the Institute’s 50th anniversary. The event was well attended by staff, family, stakeholders, and friends of the station.

Picture of DG Nteranya Sanginga (right) is welcomed by the President of the Republic of Benin, H.E. Patrice Talon.

Benin President volunteers to endorse IITA’s initiative to create internat’l center dealing with biorisks associated with climate change

His Excellency Patrice Talon, President of the Republic of Benin, will be promoting IITA’s initiative in mitigating biorisks associated with climate change to a broad audience during the upcoming COP 22 in Morocco this November. The President volunteered to champion this cause on 11 October, when a delegation from IITA headed by DG Nteranya Sanginga,…

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Picture of DG Sanginga leads the IITA delegation that met with H.E. President Patrice Talon in Benin. The delegation included IITA-Benin Country Representative Manuele Tamo (center).

Le Président du Bénin sera le champion pour une initiative de l’IITA de la création d’un centre international liées au bio-agresseurs associes aux changements climatique

Son Excellence, Monsieur Patrice Talon, Président de la République du Bénin, a accepté de faire la promotion d’une initiative de l’IITA pour atténuer les risques biotiques enduits par le changement climatique à un large public au cours de la prochaine 22 COP au Maroc en novembre. Une délégation de l’IITA conduite par DG Nteranya Sanginga,…

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