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Governor of Mai-Ndombe Province in DRC seeks IITA’s support

Governor of Mai-Ndombe Province in DRC seeks IITA’s support

On 5 July, IITA-Kinshasa hosted the Governor of Mai-Ndombe Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr Paul Mputu Boleilanga. Agriculture Provincial Minister, Faustin Mbanzami and Environment Provincial Minister, Marius Trésor Boleko, accompanied Governor Boleilanga as he met with IITA-DRC Country Representative, Zoumana Bamba, and other IITA senior staff to discuss agriculture and fishing potentials…

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Empowering Congolese women: IITA participates in UN Women’s conference

Empowering Congolese women: IITA participates in UN Women’s conference

As part of its interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), IITA participated in the 13th edition of “Café Genre” on women empowerment through the processing of local agricultural products. The United Nations Women organized the conference on 5 July in Kinshasa, with the National Minister of Gender, Family and Child, her Excellency Mrs…

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Aquaculture assessment and value chain pilots for improving fish supply, employment, and nutrition in DR Congo and Angola project come of age

Aquaculture assessment and value chain pilots for improving fish supply, employment, and nutrition in DR Congo and Angola project come of age

Four modern hatcheries have been built and are operational in Kalambo and Kinshasa, with a combined output of 2 million fingerlings (larvae and juveniles) of both Tilapia (Oreochromis Niloticus) and catfish (Clarias gariepenus). Dr Kande Matungulu, Project Manager of the Aquaculture assessments, said this as he took stock of the evolution of the project. A…

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IITA Youth Agripreneurs program wins international award for youth empowerment innovations

IITA Youth Agripreneurs program wins international award for youth empowerment innovations

In recognition of its commitment to improving both agribusiness opportunities and creditworthiness of youth across Africa, the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) program has been awarded the 2019 International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. The award, the first of its kind, is funded by the Government of Switzerland and was presented, in conjuction with…

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New South-Kivu Minister of Agriculture commends IITA progress in PICAGL implementation

New South-Kivu Minister of Agriculture commends IITA progress in PICAGL implementation

On 18 June, implementation partners on the Integrated Project for Agricultural Growth in the Great Lakes [Projet Intégré de Croissance Agricole dans les Grands Lacs (PICAGL)] were received in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), at the office of the Honorable Minister of Agriculture for South-Kivu Province, his Excellency Marcelin Amani Bahaya. The partners were…

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FPI collaborates with IITA to establish floating cages on Lake Kivu

FPI collaborates with IITA to establish floating cages on Lake Kivu

The IITA-Kalambo station on 5 June hosted a four-member team from Fond pour la Promotion Industrielle (FPI). Their visit was to consolidate a grant agreement on the Pilot Project of Tilapia in Cages/South Kivu [Projet Pilote des Tilapias en Cages/Sud Kivu (PPTC/SK)] project aimed at improving tilapia production in Lake Kivu through the cage system…

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IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga meets DRC President in Kinshasa this week

IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga met with His Excellency Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this week in Kinshasa, the capital of DRC. Dr Sanginga was part of the delegation led by President Akinwumi Adesina, President, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) that went to DRC for a four-day official visit. Sanginga used the opportunity to…

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IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga meets DRC President in Kinshasa this week

DG Nteranya Sanginga meets DRC President this week

IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga met with His Excellency Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this week in Kinshasa, the capital of DRC. Dr Sanginga was part of the delegation led by President Akinwumi Adesina, President, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) that went to DRC for a four-day official visit. Sanginga used the…

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CBSD-DRC project trains extension agents in communication and sensitization about cassava brown streak disease

CBSD-DRC project trains extension agents in communication and sensitization about cassava brown streak disease

The IITA project to combat Cassava brown streak disease in DR Congo (CBSD-DRC) organized a training workshop for the National Extension Service [in French: Service National de Vulgarisation (SNV)] on Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD), 28-29 May. The training focused on communication and sensitization about CBSD and the collaboration between SNV and IITA. SNV is…

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Central Africa Hub delegation visits new DRC Chief of Staff

A delegation from the IITA Central Africa regional hub paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Staff of the President’s Office of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mr Vital Kamereh, at the Palais de la Nation on 7 March. Bernard Vanlauwe, Director of the Regional Hub for Central Africa, led the delegation. The…

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