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South Kivu Provincial Minister of Agriculture praises IITA contribution to food security amidst COVID-19 crisis

The city of Bukavu will produce 20 tons of tilapia per week by the end of 2020. This will be done through the Tilapia Production in Cages Project implemented by IITA and partners, financially supported by the FPI (Fond de la Promotion de l’Industrie) as part of the 100 Days program of the Democratic Republic…

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Continuing to strengthen food systems in Africa

Continuing to strengthen food systems in Africa

With the global food systems facing a major challenge with the outbreak of COVID-19, it has become imperative for countries to achieve a measure of self-sufficiency in their food production. CGIAR-IITA continues to work with governments in sub-Saharan Africa to facilitate this. IITA R4D Director for Central Africa, Bernard Vanlauwe, has spoken of multiple initiatives…

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Government of Zambia keen to support development of agricultural value chain

Government of Zambia keen to support development of agricultural value chain

The Finance Minister of Zambia, Dr Bwalya Ng’andu, announced that the government is keen to support any initiative that targets the development of the agriculture value chain because of its substantial benefits to farmers and other players in the chain.​ The Minister said this during a courtesy call by IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga, in…

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IITA signs major project agreement with the EU to enhance livelihoods in Northern Uganda

IITA signs major project agreement with the EU to enhance livelihoods in Northern Uganda

IITA has signed an agreement with the European Union and Uganda Government to start the implementation of a three-year, multidisciplinary program that seeks to enhance food and nutrition security, increase household incomes, and improve maternal and child nutrition and health in Northern Uganda. The project will, among others, promote diversified food (production; commercialization of agriculture;…

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“Pay attention to nematodes, they have adverse effects on African food security”, scientists warn

Although the world has fully turned its attention to climate change and is continually looking for ways of slowing down its effects on humans, plants, and animals, there is another consequence sneaking up—and no one seems to notice. This consequence is nematodes! Africa’s high population growth rate and rapid urbanization, coupled with climate change, has…

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IITA DG pays courtesy visit to Japanese government, MAFF, and MoFA Japan

IITA DG pays courtesy visit to Japanese government, MAFF, and MoFA Japan

In related news, Sanginga embarked on courtesy visits to MAFF and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). IITA Board Member, Dr Shuichi Asanuma, and Yam Agronomist, Dr Ryo Matsumoto, completed the IITA delegation. Mr Yoshihisa Hishinuma, Director-General, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries Research Council Secretariat, and Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) President, Dr Masaru…

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US and Nigeria launch GFSS Country Plan to improve food security

US and Nigeria launch GFSS Country Plan to improve food security

The Federal Government of Nigeria and the US Government have formally launched a Feed The Future (FTF) Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) Country Plan for Nigeria. The launch and signing of a Declaration of Partnership took place during an official ceremony at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on 18 July. Following welcome remarks by the Director,…

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IARSAF holds 22nd Annual Symposium

IARSAF holds 22nd Annual Symposium

The 22nd Annual Symposium of the IITA International Association of Research Scholars and Fellows (IARSAF) was held on 20-24 May in Ibadan. The annual symposium is a gathering of research fellows and early career researchers and provides an opportunity to showcase their research activities through posters and oral presentations. Following the theme of the symposium:…

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His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi with delegation.

Ooni of Ife plans to bestow award on IITA DG for his efforts in securing Africa’s food security

A delegation from IITA paid a courtesy visit to the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, at his palace in Osun State, Nigeria on 9 April, as plans to recognize the Institute and Director General, Dr Nteranya Sanginga continue to gain momentum. The team, comprising Hildegarde Koper-Limbourg, IITA Deputy Director General,…

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IITA and Sierra Leone sign agreement to boost national crop production and food security

IITA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Agriculture, to partner with the government on reduction of malnutrition and ensuring food security in the country. The MoU entails the introduction of new crop varieties and cultivation techniques, the reopening of IITA station in Sierra Leone, as well as the…

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