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IITA and WFP strengthen ties to achieve a world free from hunger

A delegation from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nigeria visited IITA on 8 February, to strengthen existing collaboration and synergize ways to improve and sustain the livelihoods of people in the priority states benefiting from the Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum (NZHF). The NZHF is chaired by His Excellency, Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.  The three-member team led by…

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ATASP-1 Kebbi Sokoto zonal program coordinator receiving his award from Alhaji Haruna Jada.
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ATASP-1 honored for enhancing livelihoods in Kambuwa community, Kebbi State

The Nigeria Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program – Phase 1 (ATASP-1 Outreach Program) of the Kebbi-Sokoto Zone and the sorghum value chain implementation partner, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), were honored by the people of Kambuwa community in Yauri Emirate of Kebbi State for developing the sorghum value chain, which…

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Beatrice Langwa in the lab at IITA-Tanzania.
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Defying odds to pursue a science career in war-torn South Sudan: Beatrice Langwa, PhD

Although female representation in science careers is no longer a novelty, it is still a rarity to find women scientists from conflict zones such as war-torn South Sudan. Beatrice Langwa, a PhD student at the University of Juba in South Sudan, is challenging that narrative. She is undertaking her PhD with a scholarship from the…

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Forest Center Plant Specialist demonstrates seed propagation techniques to participants.

IITA Forest Center trains coordinators of School Conservation Clubs

In an effort to train trainers, who are coordinators of various Schools Conservation Clubs (SCCs) in southwestern Nigeria, the IITA Forest Center (FC) organized a workshop at the IITA Headquarters in Ibadan on 8 February. Twenty-three SCC Coordinators from primary and secondary schools in Ekiti, Osun, and Oyo states, attended the workshop. In partnership with…

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IITA scientists develop decision support tools to improve cassava agronomy in Africa

Scientists under the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) have developed decision support tools (DSTs) which can help farmers with the best recommendations for planting cassava in their fields. The new DSTs were developed to replace the older “blanket” recommendations, which did not consider site-specific conditions and thus often produced poor results.  ACAI is a five-year project focusing on six use-cases, which reflect the different issues…

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