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IFAD-CARE sponsored study focuses on Agribusiness to tackle unemployment in rural Africa

Policymakers in Africa have been called upon to adopt sustainable ways to address the rate of employment among youth across the continent. In a study carried out by Esther Lombe Kwaambwa, under the IFAD-sponsored CARE project being implemented by IITA, youth unemployment, currently estimated at 23%, is projected to double with Africa’s youth population expected…

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Over 400 applications received for CARE fellowship from across Africa

Following the call for applications, the Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa project received over 400 applications from across Africa for the three-year research grant. The fellowship under the framework of the CARE project, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural…

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IYA celebrates success in its youth empowerment programs for 2019

IYA celebrates success in its youth empowerment programs for 2019

Since its inception in 2012, the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) has been working tirelessly, creating capacity development programs and projects to engage youth in agribusiness. Although IYA has experienced challenges in accessing funds and credit facilities to assist some of the trained youth in establishing and expanding their agribusinesses, about 7,000 youth have benefited from…

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IITA DG and Board Chair visit IFAD President to strengthen IFAD-IITA partnership

IITA DG and Board Chair visit IFAD President to strengthen IFAD-IITA partnership

On 13 December at the IFAD headquarters in Italy, the Director General, Nteranya Sanginga, and Board Chair, Amos Namanga Ngongi of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), met with Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The purpose of the meeting was to brief the IFAD President on IITA’s progress…

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YIIFSWA-II seed yam production technologies displayed at ICERIA 2019

YIIFSWA-II seed yam production technologies displayed at ICERIA 2019

Agrobusiness Times kick-started its initiative for promoting agricultural innovations for economic development as part of the inaugural International Conference and Expo on Research and Innovations in Agriculture (ICERIA) which took place at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) in Victoria Island, Lagos on 24 October. The conference with the theme, “Harnessing Sustainable Agricultural Innovations…

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IITA partners with Rwanda to develop cassava clean seed standards

The Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) has launched the cassava clean seed standards along with 292 other standards in different sectors at a colorful event held in Kigali on 7 February. The cassava seed standards was one of the three standards showcased during the launch. The other two were on mosquito repellants and good financial grant…

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Training unit announces the commencement of CARE project

The Capacity Development Office (CDO) of IITA has announced 30 research fellowships for 2019 under the framework of “Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa” funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). IITA carries out this project in partnership with…

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Group photograph of the IFAD CARE training participants and their facilitators
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CARE Fellowship awardees equipped with relevant research skills to enhance agribusiness in Africa

On 2–6 June, IITA organized a workshop for the 20 successful fellows that qualified for the research grant for “Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa,” funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Picture of youth entrepreneurs being trained for engagement in agribusiness.

IITA partners with IFAD to launch project on Enhancing capacity to apply research evidence

In keeping with IITA’s commitment  to support youth development and employment IITA launched the Enhancing Capacity to Apply Research Evidence (CARE) in Policy for Youth Engagement in Agribusiness and Rural Economic Activities in Africa” project.

Picture of Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze addresses the staff and guests during the 50th anniversary launch program, 19 October, IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria.

IITA kicks off 50th anniversary celebration in Ibadan with IFAD president as guest of honor

IITA commenced its golden jubilee celebration, with a launching event at the headquarters in Ibadan, on Wednesday, 19 October. The launch event featured the president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze, as the guest of honor.

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