IITA News

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IITA and ICRAF researchers hold consultation workshop

IITA and ICRAF scientists active in the cocoa sector met on 23 March, in Yaoundé for a strategic consultation workshop.

IITA Cameroon hosts meeting of international organizations on REDD+ activities

Member institutions of the CCPM CCPM (Consultation Circle of Partners of Ministry of Forests and Wildlife and Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development) REDD+ came together in Cameroon on 10 March to identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices, and exchange knowledge on solutions and pathways for moving the REDD+ agenda forward.

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ACAI field staff trained on simplified data collection tools and management for field activities in Tanzania

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project has trained its staff and partners on agronomy database management and the barcode labeling system. The training was necessary due to the increased number of field trials the project is conducting in the country, and which in turn has created the need to clearly label and identify each attribute being studied.

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IITA looks to spur cassava sector growth in Zambia as it hands over processing center to national partner

IITA, through its “Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa” (SARD-SC) project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), turned over a modern cassava processing center to its national partner, the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI), on 12 April in Mansa, Luapula Province, some 800 km north of the capital Lusaka.

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Delegation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Tanzania impressed with IITA research

A high level delegation from Tanzania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation toured IITA in its Eastern Africa hub in Dar es Salaam to better understand the institute and its activities in the country.

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CSIR seeks to strengthen partnership with IITA

Stella Ennin, Director of Crops Research Institute, (CSIR) Ghana, has applauded IITA for the recent developments and its research, during her visit and tour of the Institute’s facilities.

IITA’s research sparks interest of new British Deputy High Commissioner

The new British Deputy High Commissioner, Her Excellency, Laure Beaufils, who assumed duty on 20 February in Lagos, has expressed keen interest on behalf of the British government in partnering with IITA.

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IITA Deputy Director General visits IITA-Eastern Hub, Tanzania

Hilde Koper-Limbourg, IITA Deputy Director General, Corporate Services (DDG-CS) earlier this month visited the IITA East Africa hub in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where she met and held discussions with all the staff and scientists on issues related to Corporate Services.

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Agripreneurs undergo training on business startups

To further enhance the skills of IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) in developing bankable business plans and in securing business start-up funds from financial institutions, Ekimiks Nigeria Limited in partnership with IITA, organized an 8-day workshop for Agripreneurs in Ibadan on 15-24 February.

Humidtropics publication now out

Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture publication is available.