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Picture of IITA’s Uchenna Ene demonstrates the use of the cassava weeding machine to training participants.

IFAD/ IITA/HQCF value chain project provides Kwara farmers with a weeding machine

Young cassava farmers and outgrowers of Arogunjo Farm Limited, in Kwara State, Nigeria, were given a cassava weeding machine last December 2015 to ease the back-breaking work of removing weeds from their fields. The machine was donated by the IFAD/IITA High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) Project in collaboration with the IITA Cassava Weeds Management Project….

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Picture of Gregory Nwaoliwe, HQCF Project staff, gives 10% HQCF-Wheat bread to participants during the field day.

IFAD/ IITA/HQCF value chain project organizes farmers’ field day

The IFAD/IITA HQCF Value chain project organized a field day at Ijoga-Orile on 8 December 2015, bringing together HQCF master bakers, extension agents, farmers, financial institutions, input suppliers, local machine fabricators, marketers, nutritionists, processors, researchers, transporters, youth, and students. The event was hosted by project partner Open Door International Ltd. More than 120 project and…

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Agricultural challenge: where ICT play a role

The use of information and communication technology (ICT) in agriculture has been identified as one of the best ways to enhance access to finance for smallholder farmers and transform unproductive farming activities in Africa into sustainable means of livelihood. Rita Kimani, the co-founder of FarmDrive, said this on 12 January during a seminar organized by…

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2016 is the Year of E-Research and Open Access in IITA!

IITA management has declared 2016 the year of E-Research and Open Access (OA). This was highlighted in the new year messages of Management in last week’s issue of the IITA Bulletin. This move will see scientific papers and articles from the Institute’s research becoming fully published online, unrestricted, and available for free reuse, albeit with…

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Picture of a happy cassava farmer shows off his field planted to IITA improved varieties.

IITA improved cassava varieties reduce food insecurity in Eastern DR Congo

A recent assessment on IITA improved cassava varieties released in the Moba region of DR Congo has shown that the crop contributes significantly to food security for households in the region. The varieties were introduced in 2010 during the first phase of the USAID-funded Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP) implemented by IITA and Food for…

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