DG Nteranya Sanginga (above) addressing R4D Week participants including IITA scientists from the hubs and stations (below) .

IITA strategizes to face shaky funding environment and transform African agriculture

Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy Director General for Partnerships for Delivery (P4D), during his talk on the first day of R4D Week, gave an overview of IITA’s efforts to scale out its technologies through partnership.

May-Guri Saethre, DDG, R4D

Biorisk facility prioritizes development of a biocontrol agent for fall armyworm

The newly formed Biorisk Management Facility (BIMAF) has prioritized the development of a biological control solution for the fall armyworm (FAW), which was introduced to Africa from America and is marching across the continent leaving a wave of destruction in its path.

Kwesi Atta-Krah says we need to have big picture thinking.

Aligning with national and regional priorities is a key strategy for IITA in Africa – Kwesi Atta-Krah

In addition to aligning its research activities with the strategic goals and priorities of the countries it is working in, IITA has also made good progress in aligning itself to regional and international entities, said Kwesi Atta-Krah.

David Chikoye presenting drought data.

Tackling emerging pest and disease threats – David Chikoye

The IITA plant health team is addressing a plethora of pests and diseases in Africa as part of efforts to increase agricultural production. David Chikoye, Director for Southern Africa and head of the plant health team, talked about the various activities of the team during the R4D Week session on plant health.

Bernard Vanlauwe on Day 1, R4D Week

50 years of soil research at IITA, failures and successes – Bernard Vanlauwe

After years of reduced attention, IITA research on natural resource management (NRM) has made a strong come-back and is now a fundamental component of the research portfolio.

Advances in social sciences and biotechnology lauded

“It is truly impressive how far we have gone with the work we have done, particularly the tools, methodologies, and technologies, especially in the past 3 years in social science, crop breeding, and biotechnology,” said IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga in reaction to the various presentations done by scientists in these areas during R4D Week held at IITA-HQ in Ibadan.

Overhead view of poster presentations.

Photo album: R4D Week


Director for Research Support, Tonny Omwansa, anchoring the session on research support.

Research Support Services showcase status, achievements, and future prospects

Presentations from units under the Research Support Directorate kicked off Day 3 of R4D Week with presentations on the status of the unit, achievements, and future activities. Various side meetings and training sessions made up the rest of the day.

HE Chief Olusegun Obansanjo relates his experience as a beneficiary of IITA research.

IITA looks towards food and nutrition security for the next half century

The IITA Conference on Food and Nutrition Security Futures was held on 24 November at the IITA Conference Center, Ibadan, as part of the closing program of the IITA50 celebration.

Group photo of IITA50 science conference participants.

IITA50 celebration ends on a high note

The year 2017 marks IITA’s 50th anniversary. The anniversary celebration reflected two milestones—the first 50 years, covering the period from inception up till now; and the next 50 years.

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