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Picture of Hanna (Left) speaks about the challenges and opportunities offered by IITA for cassava farmers in central Africa.

IITA Cameroon participates in the CTA Cassava regional Forum in Yaoundé

IITA was very active and visible at the cassava regional forum in Yaoundé held from 6 to 9 December. The event was organized by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and PROPAC with support from various organizations including IITA. The main objective of this forum was to bring together actors of the…

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Picture of Agronomists and other stakeholders meet in IITA, Ibadan to review project activities

A cassava agronomy project finds ways to reduce the yield gap to increase cassava production in Africa

Strategies and methods aimed at reducing the yield gap in cassava and leading to increased production for the benefit of farmers and processors have been mapped out during the inaugural meeting of the African Cassava Agronomy Initiatives (ACAI) project, at IITA, Ibadan, 5-7 December. At this meeting stakeholders converged to review the project’s activities since…

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Picture of IITA speakers Hemant and Vaishali Nitturkar with participants, including high school students

IITA scientist and spouse counsel young innovators in Nigeria

The 2016 edition of the annual Nigeria Innovation Summit (NIS), themed “Innovation: A Key Driver of Economic Growth and Sustainable Development”, was held on 3 and 4 November at Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Ikeja. NIS is an initiative led by Emerging Media & Advertising Services, New York, and Emerging Media Nigeria. It partners with the world’s…

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Good news for bakers!

Bakers in Liberia now join their counterparts in Nigeria in producing bromate-free bread using high quality cassava flour (HQCF) in combination with wheat flour and cassava enzymes. This healthier alternative is being promoted by IITA as an option for bakers who have had to contend with low grade wheat flour with low gluten content widespread…

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Picture of Cassava Breeder Peter Kulakow making a presentation during one of the sessions.

Cassava mechanization workshop at IITA-Ibadan

The need to improve the production process of cassava farming systems in Africa through improved methods brought together key stakeholders from several countries last week to IITA- Ibadan. The two-day workshop, which took place following a mechanization workshop organized by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) in Abeokuta, was aimed at integrating important elements that…

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IITA scientist’s intervention enables struggling MSc student to finalize studies

Elias Oyesigye was struggling to finish his studies on time. That was until the collaboration of an IITA scientist with the University professors and the Mozambique’s Ministry of Agriculture that saw him smoothly finalize his research and successfully defend his thesis with high marks. Elias is a Ugandan national on a scholarship through the INTRA-ACP…

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Picture of Dr Brigitte Uwimana explaining to Members of Parliament where and how banana seeds used in breeding are extracted.

IITA holds Science day to kick off silver and golden jubilee celebrations in Uganda

On 27 October, IITA Uganda marked its 25th year of supporting smallholder farmers growing banana, cassava, maize, coffee, cowpea, cocoa, soybean, and yams to increase their agricultural production; and hosted family and friends of the Institute at a one-day “Science Day” to celebrate the feat. The event which promoted IITA’s research activities had the theme…

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Picture of Veronica (right) assessing cassava in the field of one of the farmers involved in the study.

Smart farming of cassava with focus on integrated soil fertility management increases yield by 60% in Tanzania

Preliminary results from an ongoing study by IITA in Tanzania have shown an increase of nearly 60% in cassava yield which translates to a 30% increase in income for farmers. The study “Integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) for productive and sustainable cassava production systems in Tanzania” is being conducted in the major cassava-growing areas of…

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CASS project brings world renowned physiologists to IITA

The Cassava Source-Sink (CASS) project team held a Mini Symposium at IITA, Ibadan, on 27 September, to apply modern plant physiology and molecular biology, so as to better understand different metabolic behavior in improving the root yield of cassava. Themed “Application of advanced technologies for crop yield improvement”, the Mini Symposium aimed at promoting knowledge…

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Picture of Margaret Mangheni of Makerere University in Uganda and Hale Tufan of Cornell University co-lead the GREAT training course in Uganda. Photo by D. Torrington, Cornell.

Training agricultural researchers to be more gender-responsive

Peter Kulakow, IITA breeder and Elizabeth Parkes, HarvestPlus breeder are part of a 16-person training panel for 11 teams of 33 researchers from four continents participating in a training on “Gender Responsive Root, Tuber, and Banana Breeding,” 12-21 September in Kampala, Uganda.

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