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Picture of Virologist Lava Kumar, project lead, explains the importance of the CDS platform

IITA and NAQS pilot digital Cassava Disease Surveillance platform

IITA has launched a digital surveillance platform called Cassava Disease Surveillance (CDS) to facilitate cassava disease surveillance in Nigeria. “The CDS is a virtual network for rapid diagnosis of cassava diseases, communication, and coordinated deployment of emergency response,” said Lava Kumar, IITA Virologist and lead investigator of the CDS project. This interactive program—accessible through any…

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New project to build commercially sustainable cassava seed system

A four-year project (2015–2019) to develop a commercially sustainable cassava seed value chain in Nigeria, was launched on 18 April at IITA headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria. Titled ‘Building a Sustainable, Integrated Seed System for Cassava in Nigeria’ (BASICS), the US$11.6 million project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the…

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Making large scale-cassava drying technologies work for small-scale processors

One of the greatest challenges facing smallholder farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs in processing cassava is drying. Many of them rely on sun-drying which limits processing during the rainy season as well as affects the overall quality. As a result they are not able to supply their produce to industries which need regular, all-year-round supply and…

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IITA cassava breeders mull new strategy to step up efforts and embrace technology for quicker delivery

All the IITA cassava breeders convened at the Institute’s Eastern Africa hub in Dar es Salaam to develop a strategy to guide and shape IITA’s efforts to develop improved cassava varieties suited to mechanized production that are high yielding and resistant to the major diseases and pests affecting the crop’s production in sub-Saharan Africa in…

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Cassava commercialization project launched in Malawi

In its unceasing efforts to support Malawi to improve rural livelihoods IITA launched a new cassava project “Promoting cassava commercialization for increased income, employment and food security in Malawi” on 8 March in Lilongwe. The project, which is funded by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)-Malawi, focuses on (1) Facilitating the development of strong…

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Call for sustainable and diversified production

In an interview, IITA Deputy Director General for Research for Development, Ylva Hillbur, reiterated that drought tolerant crops would be extremely important in countries facing the effects of climate change like Zambia. “You also need to diversify and have different varieties of cash crops such as legumes, cowpeas and integrate cassava. We need to move…

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CMS Project holds Review and Planning Workshop; hosts Gates Foundation Senior Program officer

The Cassava Monitoring Survey (CMS) in Nigeria held its Annual Review and Planning Workshop on 5 February. The workshop drew participants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Root Crop Research Institute, Umudike, and IITA. Victor Manyong, IITA Director for Eastern Africa and leader of the social science research group, during the opening…

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Top six highlights from the first World Congress on Root and Tuber Crops

The first World Congress on Roots and Tuber Crops has come and gone, but the lessons from the convergence in Nanning, China linger. In a recent blog by Graham Thiele, Program Director, CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) entitled “Six steps forward for root and tuber crops”. Thiele highlighted six key take-home…

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Project to boost cassava production in Africa through agronomic practices launched in Tanzania

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) — Taking Agronomy to Scale in Cassava-Based Systems in sub-Saharan Africa, seeking to address this challenge and support smallholder farmers to increase production of cassava through developing good agronomic recommendations, recently launched its activities in Tanzania. Speaking during the project launch at the beginning of this month, Bernard Vanlauwe,…

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Researchers on one of the world’s most destructive agricultural pests, whitefly, converge in Arusha, Tanzania

The 2nd International Whitefly Symposium (IWS2) is taking place in Arusha, Tanzania, this week, 14-19 February. It has brought together more than a hundred scientists from all over the world to discuss one of the world’s most destructive agricultural pests, the whitefly. In sub-Saharan Africa, whiteflies are a key threat to food security and efforts…

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