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“Nigerian” yam market gets international market access

The first batch of temperature-controlled shipping containers containing yam tubers from Nigeria have been approved for export to the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Hurray! This remarkable event was marked by a flag-off ceremony which took place on 29 June at the Lilypond container terminal, Apapa, Lagos. The event was well attended…

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IITA Onne reignites partnership with state government institutions on agriculture

The IITA station at Onne, Rivers State, Nigeria, has received nods of approval from three more reputable government agencies in its host state. These are the Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture, Rivers State Agricultural Development Program (ADP), and the state School to Land Authority project. These institutions have also agreed to partner with IITA to…

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R4D Special: Scientists push for use of animation in rural communication

Over 1 billion low literate and illiterate individuals living in the remote rural areas of developing countries have been reported to experience the daunting challenge of understanding scientific findings. Because of lack of formal education, their comprehension of science is further hampered. The situation in countries like Benin republic and Nigeria for instance is no…

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Lessons from efforts to reduce postharvest losses and commercialize cassava to boost food security in Africa

Over a fifth of the food produced by smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa is lost during and after harvesting making a significant contribution to the high levels of poverty and food insecurity in the continent. Therefore, efforts to reduce poverty and make the continent food secure must include postharvest management options that reduce food losses….

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