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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)

Picture on AfDB team at IITA demonstration farm in Kakata Margibi County responding to issues raised by the cassava farmers.

AfDB team visits Liberia

The AfDB team, lead by Mr Philip Boahen (Task Manager), visited Liberia to evaluate the activities of the Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization (SAPEC) project.

Picture of The IITA-CARI team presenting fufu powder, gari and training materials to the CAC and SAPEC Focal Person during the visit to the orphanage home at Kakata Marigi County.

SAPEC Project takes on corporate social responsibility activity in Liberia

The IITA postharvest specialist of the SAPEC project is currently conducting a study in collaboration with the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), to ascertain the suitability of the IITA introduced cassava varieties to produce gari and fufu powder in Liberia.

Global cassava coalition calls for support for cassava transformation in Africa

Ahead of the international conference on cassava, the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) has called on policy makers, donors and the international community to support all efforts that will bring about cassava transformation in Africa.

Picture of participants met at the IITA Board Room in Cameroon.

Entrepreneurship on cassava food production in Cameroon: IITA researchers meet with PIDMA representatives

IITA’s Country Representative in Cameroon, Rachid Hanna, hosted researchers and partners from the Project for the Investment and Development of Agricultural Markets (PIDMA) on 13 December 2017 in IITA Yaoundé offices to discuss and review new and better partnership opportunities that could be established to help boost cassava food production.

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New publications off the press

Two new volumes about sustainable cultivation of grain legumes published by Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing are now off the press.

Cassava plant (Manihot esculenta).

IITA commences confined field trials of transgenic cassava

IITA was recently granted a permit to carry out confined field trials (CFT) on genetically modified cassava (AMY3 RNAi transgenic lines). This research, carried out in collaboration with ETHZ Plant Biotechnology Lab in Zurich, aims to reduce starch breakdown in storage roots of cassava after pruning the shoots, prior to harvest of the crop.

Bernard Vanlauwe addressing participants.

Researchers and policymakers meet in Tanzania to discuss cassava agronomy

Scientists across Africa and their colleagues in other parts of the world met with policymakers in Tanzania under the auspices of the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) to discuss the progress made in the last two years in providing clues to the agronomy of cassava.

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