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MEDA, IITA, and Agriculture Ministry to build an economically sustainable seed system for cassava in Tanzania

Cassava farmers and processors in Tanzania have another reason to smile as a new project to address one of their major challenges―the lack of access to clean planting material of new improved, disease-resistant varieties―is launched.

Picture of Kenton Dashiell, IITA DDG, Partnerships for Delivery (left), presents the implementation document of the Forum to His Excellency, Engr. Dave Umahi, the executive Governor of Ebonyi state.

The Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum activates drive to end hunger in Nigeria by 2025

Members of the Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum have taken proactive steps to ensure that malnutrition and hunger will no longer be experienced in the country by 2025. To achieve this goal, the forum agreed during the launch of its “Synthesis Report of the Nigeria Zero Hunger Strategic Review” earlier last month to select five pilot…

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Managers and scientists fashion novel pathway for IITA’s Analytical Service Laboratory

IITA is on course to be the first research Institute that will have a world class Analytical Service Laboratory (ASL) in Africa. This was the crux of the deliberations by managers and scientists of the IITA ASL when they met in Nairobi on 13-15 February. During the meeting, the experts designed some strategic pathways for…

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IITA scientists debunk misconceptions about imminent global banana shortage

In an article entitled “Why we should all get off the banana shortage bandwagon” published in the Adjacent Open Access journal of 9 February, IITA researchers Rony Swennen and James Legg said the recent reports of an imminent global banana shortage are overblown and self-serving. According to the report, Panama disease may be a threat…

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Kigoma Regional Commissioner applauds SARD-SC project for improved cassava productivity

The newly appointed executives of Tanzanian Kigoma region, Brigadier General Emmanuel Maganga and Charles Pallangyo, visited one of the SARD-SC project sites in the Kibondo. About 105 officials from five districts of Kigoma Region were on the entourage of the executives who visited the Kibondo Big Power Group—a cassava farmers and processors’ group involved in…

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IITA family gears up for its 50th anniversary celebrations

The vibe is turning intense in all IITA stations as staff and scientists prepare to celebrate the Institute as it turns golden this year! So, Communication went round HQ and asked staff how they feel about being a member of the IITA family. Many shared their journey, consisting long, rich years of service to the…

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Alumni and friends will also be reuniting this year

Did you work or had your field work, study, post-doctorate posting in the past at IITA? If yes, you are a precious part of the IITA alumni family and invite you to come and reconnect with old friends and colleagues during the 7th IITA reunion of alumni, children of alumn, and friends of IITA as…

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Achieving sustainable cultivation of cassava

This major two volume collection reviews the wealth of recent research on improving cultivation of this important crop.