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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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Nutritious Food Fair set for 28–29 November in Enugu

The third edition of HarvestPlus’ Nutritious Food Fair (NFF) is all set for 28‒30 November with the theme: “Scaling-up nutritious food choices: Engaging everyone, everywhere”.

Cassava Seed Systems Stakeholders’ workshop held in Burundi

A stakeholders’ workshop on Cassava seed systems in Burundi was organized by the Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) control project with support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 22 September. The workshop was held at ISABU and chaired by Ir. Dieudonné Nahimana, ISABU Director General. The workshop…

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Picture of Dr Nzola Mahungu, IITA DRC Country Representative, explaining the workshop objectives.

IITA conducts CBSD Project Planning Workshop

IITA organized a planning workshop for the 2017–2018 financial year for the project ‘‘Action to control the Cassava Brown Streak in the Democratic Republic of Congo’, 29–30 August, in Kisangani, Province of Tshopo’’. 

Picture of Khatib Haji and Seif Ali Masood from ZARI, collecting data from harvested samples at Matangatwani Trial Farm, Pemba Island, Zanzibar. Photo: Ngome – IITA.

ACAI harvests Cassava Intercropped with Sweet potato trials

Four months after planting 102 trials for the Cassava Intercropped with Sweet Potato (CIS) project in the Islands of Unguja and Pemba, Zanzibar in the United Republic of Tanzania, ACAI and implementing partners in Zanzibar, ZARI, has begun harvesting potatoes from the trial fields.

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