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Picture of bundles of improved variety of cassava stems from IITA acquired by Congo-Brazzavile for their new cassava program

IITA supports Congo-Brazzaville’s new national cassava program

The Republic of the Congo recently acquired 82 tons of cassava plantlets from IITA to be used in establishing the new national cassava program.

Picture of Dr Nzola Mahungu, IITA DRC Country Representative; Ir Augustin Kadima, delegate of USAID; Evariste Bushabu, General Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture; Clement Kandu, Coordinator of SENASEM

Workshop held on “Validation of the revised and harmonized standards for seed system in DRC”

IITA organized on 4 April a workshop on “Validation of the revised and harmonized standards for healthy cassava planting materials production, control, and certification,” within the framework of the project Action to control the Cassava Brown Streak in Democratic Republic of Congo (CBSD-DRC).

Picture of Dr Nzola Mahungu, Country Representative of IITA-DRC; Ir Augustin Kadima, delegate of USAID; Evariste Bushabu, General Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture; Clement Kandu, Coordinator of SENASEM, at the workshop on CBSD.

Workshop on ‘’Validation of the revised and harmonized standards for seed system in DRC’’

IITA organized a workshop on validation of the revised and harmonized standards for healthy cassava plant materials production, control, and certification.

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Cassava peels transformation gets boost with Theory of Scaling workshop

Representatives of private sector organizations, government, NGOs, and research institutions met 5–6 April at the IITA Ibadan campus, to discuss ways to enhance opportunities to see High Quality Cassava Peels (HQCP) processed and used at scale in Nigeria.

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ACAI introduces ID cards for extension agents and cassava growers

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) has introduced identity cards for cassava growers and extension agents (EA) involved in the project activities.

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CBSD Control Project in Rwanda and Burundi commended by partners

The IITA-led project to control Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) held its first Annual Review and Planning workshop in Bujumbura, Burundi and Kigali, Rwanda between 19 and 23 March.

Picture of more women in the cassava value chain are in the production and processing nodes.

How gender dynamics affects women’s participation in cassava food value chains in Tanzania

A team of researchers working in Tanzania has conducted a gendered mapping of the structure and functioning of the traditional cassava value chain in Kigoma, Mwanza, Coastal Region and Zanzibar Island of Tanzania.

Picture of the Confined Field Trial (CFT) currently being carried out on transgenic cassava

Confined field trial of transgenic cassava is completely safe, says IITA scientist

The Confined Field Trial currently being carried out on transgenic cassava at an IITA site has been described as “completely safe with absolutely no risk of contamination to local cassava varieties.” Anna Carluccio, a scientist on the research team at IITA, said this in an interview.

Picture of IITA Cassava Weed Management Project Leader, Alfred Dixon addressing delegates.

Nigeria cites weeds as major productivity drawback in cassava farming

Commissioners of Agriculture in Nigeria’s cassava growing belt have declared weeds a major cause of low yield in cassava and the main constraint limiting the competitiveness of cassava farmers in the country.

Picture of Lawrence Kent, Senior Officer from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, providing comments during the breakout session.

BASICS Project stakeholders strategize ways to improve cassava productivity in Nigeria

To build an economically sustainable seed system that is profitable for the entire cassava seed value chain and in due course, the Nigerian farmers and the community, the project, BASICS hosted stakeholders for a three-day annual review and planning meeting (ARPM)

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