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Strengthening cassava virus diagnostic capacity in DR Congo
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Strengthening cassava virus diagnostic capacity in DR Congo

A training workshop on “Application Molecular Diagnostics for Cassava Virus Surveillance” took place 2 to 6 March, at IITA-Kalambo, Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This course is part of the USAID-funded project on “Actions to Control Cassava Brown Streak Disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo”. Twenty-three participants attended the workshop including six female…

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STEP makes progress promoting agribusiness in secondary schools in Africa

STEP makes progress promoting agribusiness in secondary schools in Africa

Since its inception in 2019, the IITA Start Them Early Program (STEP) team has been working tirelessly towards advancing agribusiness development in secondary schools in Africa. The aim is to redirect the aspirations of Africans towards careers in modern agriculture by exposing them to viable opportunities in agribusiness at an early age. To achieve this,…

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Stakeholders express interest in SAH technology in DR Congo

In February, a meeting was organized at IITA Kalambo to share the progress made in the introduction of the Semi-Autotrophic Hydroponics (SAH) technology at Kalambo station. Cassava is one of DR Congo’s principal crops, with per capita consumption of 453 kg per year; it is also a main pillar for food security for 80% of…

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Akinyele Local Government officials honor DG Sanginga

IITA Director General, Dr Nteranya Sanginga, was honored by the Akinyele Local Government Authority, Ibadan, by naming a street after him on 12 January at Akingbile for his dedication and selfless sacrifice in transforming and improving the livelihoods of people within the neighboring community and sub-Saharan Africa at large. The street, formerly named Road H…

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AWF and IITA proffer sustainability and conservation interventions in DRC

The tropical agricultural research project “Mapping patterns of governance and technological innovations in a tropical forest–agriculture frontier of the Democratic Republic of Congo” was carried out from December 2012 to September 2018, and covered a 2000 km² area in Carré Djolu-Befale (CaDjoBe), around Djolu-Lingomo, Lingomo-Mompono, Mompono-Befori, and Befori-Djolu in Tshuapa Province of Democratic Republic of…

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Group photograph of participants at the TAAT cassava compact forum in DRC

TAAT Cassava Compact forum to develop cassava value chain in DRC

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and IITA jointly organized a forum to address the development of the cassava value chain in DRC, 18-22 September.

Picture of Irongo Women’s group following discussions on how to better manage household budgets and business activities.

Understanding women’s financial capabilities in South Kivu, DRC

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), women’s opportunities to gain skills in enterprise development and participate in formal savings opportunities are severely limited and high rates of gender-based violence (GBV) further marginalize women from gaining access to microfinance.

Picture of IITA Country Representative, Nzola-Meso Mahungu (standing), presenting at the workshop

IITA-DRC holds third planning workshop for CBSD Project

IITA’s project “Action to control the Cassava Brown Streak Disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),” organized its annual review and planning meeting for 2018–2019 in Mbujimayi, the capital city of Kasai Oriental Province.

Picture of Two COPAKIN agripreneurs showcasing 25-kg bags of high quality semolina.

Youth cooperative sets pace in processing and marketing cornmeal in DRC

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, agribusiness is currently one of the drivers of job creation for young people and for the fight against food insecurity.

Picture of DG Sanginga led His Excellency, Governor Claude Nyamugabo Bazibuhe of South Kivu on a tour of the IITA Kalambo facilities

New Governor of South Kivu, DRC, cites IITA’s research efforts

His Excellency, Governor Claude Nyamugabo Bazibuhe of South Kivu in DR Congo, has praised IITA’s efforts to support agricultural development in his region and country and assured the Institute of his government’s support for its activities.

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