IITA News

Picture of participants at the CBSD Workshop, DR Congo.

IITA hosts workshop on CBSD

The project tagged “Preventive actions against the propagation and expansion of Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo”, has successfully organized a work plan development workshop on 20—21 April, at Mbanza-Ngungu, 150 km West of Kinshasa.

SARD-SC project stimulates rural economy through establishment of cassava community processing centers in DR Congo

The cassava community processing centers (CCPCs) are currently stimulating the economy and creating employment for the rural population of Kavumu village, in the Kabare territory of South-Kivu Province of the DR Congo. Until the introduction of the CCPC in early 2015, there was a high level of unemployment in Kavumu community.

Picture of Denis Sonwa of CIFOR (Left), and Kantengwa Speciose IITA Rwanda (center), with a visitor at the IITA exhibition booth during the event at Kigali.

Congo’s Minister of State lends voice to Africa’s agricultural rejuvenation

Henri Djombo, Congo’s Minister of State, recently appealed for an increase in efforts to rejuvenate Africa’s agricultural practices and called on every stakeholder in managing the Congo Basin Forest to work assiduously to improve agricultural production and activities in non-forest land on the continent. Congo’s agricultural and forest sectors need to be managed in a…

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Picture of Bernard Vanlauwe takes the Provincial Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Rural Development, South Kivu, DR Congo, Madam Adolphine Muley Byayuwa on a tour of the Nodumax facility in Ibadan.

DR Congo Minister of Agriculture on a learning visit to IITA

… excited over cassava improvement in Nigeria The Provincial Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Rural Development, South Kivu, DR Congo, Madam Adolphine Muley Byayuwa has expressed optimism that technologies developed by IITA can help transform agriculture in Africa. She made this remark during her visit to IITA, Ibadan, to participate in the Systems Marketplace…

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Picture of IKYA members giving some agroprocessing products to (L-R) the South-Kivu Governor HE Marcelin Chishambo Ruhoya and General Secretary Adolphe Mulumba.

IITA receives special commendation

During a working visit to IITA Kalambo Station, Adolphe Mulumba, the General Secretary (equivalent to Permanent Secretary) of the National Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock of the DR Congo, lauded IITA for its initiatives towards reducing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition and noted that they are in line with government’s development programs. Mulumba who was…

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Picture of Agripreneurs Sandrine (in green) and Lisette (in red) briefing the visitors to the IYAKIN exhibition stand.

Kinshasa Agripreneurs participate in international agricultural show

The IITA Youth Agripreneurs in Kinshasa (IYAKIN) were participants at the first ever International Agricultural Fair of Kinshasa which was held on 16 to 25 September. The fair was organized to show the country’s potentials in agriculture, attract new investors, strengthen public-private partnership, and increase business and job creation opportunities through meetings and exchange of…

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Picture of Prof Kadiata (5th from left) in a group picture with IITA scientists and IKYA members.

Visiting AfDB delegate commends Kalambo Youth Agripreneurs

As part of its preliminary activities towards the development of the Empowering Novel Agribusiness-Led Employment (ENABLE Youth) program for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bakach Dikand Kadiata, IITA alumnus and African Development Bank (AfDB) Senior Agriculture and Natural Resources Management Officer, visited the IITA Kalambo Station to assess the activities of IITA Kalambo Youth Agripreneurs…

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Picture of IYA Kinshasa delegates processing fresh cassava roots to chips

Kinshasa Agripreneurs visit Kalambo counterparts to share experiences

The IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) in the DR Congo are synergizing ideas and experiences for greater impact in the country. Setting the stage for scaling up its activities in Kinshasa, the IYA visited their colleagues in Kalambo.

Picture of AWF COO Jeff Crisfield, interacting with members of a local village farmer association managed by IITA

AWF Chief impressed with IITA’s work on Intensification for Forest Conservation in DR Congo

Jeff Crisfield, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) based in Washington, D.C., visited IITA’s sustainable agricultural program in the Maringa-Lopori-Wamba (MLW) landscape in the Equateur Province of DR Congo, accompanied by Charly Facheux, AWF Vice President for Conservation Projects; Jimmiel Mandima, AWF Director of US Government Relations; Brian McBrearity, AWF Managing…

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Picture of IITA Kalambo staff with IITA Board of Trustees during the BOT meeting held in Kalambo, DRC

IITA Trustees’ field visits and Kalambo Station’s facility tour highlight Institute’s progress in research for development

The IITA Board of Trustees held its first meeting of 2016 (10-14 May) in Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu Province, DR Congo. Prior to the meeting, the Trustees spent a day visiting field sites in the province. At the Murhesa Center, a collaborative initiative between the Catholic Diocese of Bukavu and IITA, the Trustees…

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