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The founder of NEWDAY Afrika, Prince Bobo Tangabanga, talking to a secondary school student on the school farm.

IITA initiates STEP to encourage participation of school children in agribusiness

At the 2018 Africa Food Prize (AFP) ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda, IITA Director General, Dr Nteranya Sanginga reiterated his commitment to invest in the future of Africa’s younger generation and emphasized the importance of raising the ambition of primary and secondary school students to guarantee a food- and nutrition-secure continent. With the $100,000 AFP prize…

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Muacheia Acacio Groundnut farmer applying Aflasafe in Muriaze, Nampula Province, Northern Mozambique, during field efficacy trials conducted during the 2016/2017 cropping season.

Aflasafe registration gets approval in Mozambique

After almost five years developing and field-testing an innovative but simple way to control aflatoxin in groundnut and maize  in Mozambique,  Mozambique’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security on 20 February approved the registration of two Aflasafe products. Aflasafe is a 100% natural solution to aflatoxin contamination. Each product is composed of four native-to-Mozambique, non-poisonous…

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ACAI and Cassava Weed Management Project merge

ACAI and Cassava Weed Management Project merge

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project and the IITA Cassava Weed Management Project (IITA-CWMP) have become a single project. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds both projects under its Agricultural Development program. The ACAI project has been carrying out research to develop tools that will increase the availability of appropriate and affordable technologies…

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(L-R) Opening by Dr Bernard Vanlauwe (IITA), Daniel van Gilst (NORAD), Dr Emmanuel Agyemang Dwomoh (COCOBOD), and Dr H.K. Dzahini-Obiatey (Cocoa Research Institute Ghana).

CocoaSoils partners discuss ways to strengthen agronomic research and dissemination

The maiden Annual CocoaSoils Forum was held in Accra, Ghana on 24 January. The forum followed a three-day Science Committee meeting in which research and project partners came together to assess project implementation, assure transparent and accessible dissemination of research outcomes, and provide inputs into the research of the different partners. The forum brought together…

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Participants at the meeting.

IITA, Bayer, NARS meet to modernize cowpea breeding

Representatives from the Global Breeding/Analytics and Pipeline Design team of Bayer–Crop Science, met with IITA’s cowpea breeding program team and scientists from some national programs on  4-7 February to review ongoing collaboration. The meeting also aimed to fine-tune models through which IITA and national partners can benefit from Bayer’s expertise in modern crop breeding. The…

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