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IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga meets DRC President in Kinshasa this week

IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga met with His Excellency Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this week in Kinshasa, the capital of DRC. Dr Sanginga was part of the delegation led by President Akinwumi Adesina, President, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) that went to DRC for a four-day official visit. Sanginga used the opportunity to…

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Biocontrol solutions to “Fusarium wilt of banana” emerge

Biocontrol solutions to “Fusarium wilt of banana” emerge

The banana crop and industry has experienced extreme losses due to an epidemic of Fusarium wilt of banana (FWB), caused by Fusarium oxysporum  f.sp. cubense (Foc). This was described in the recently published article “Biological control agents against Fusarium wilt of banana.” FWB, also known as Panama disease, has plagued countries in Africa, Asia, and Australia. The disease…

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TAAT collaborates with CORAF on implementation assessment of Harmonized Regional Seed Regulation

TAAT collaborates with CORAF on implementation assessment of Harmonized Regional Seed Regulation

Major actors of the seed industry in West Africa met in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, on 11-12 June to assess progress made in implementing the harmonized regional seed regulation. The Harmonized Regional Seed Regulation was adopted in 2008 by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and in 2009 by the West African Economic…

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AfricaYam visits BTI and NextGen ahead of the project’s proposed second phase

AfricaYam visits BTI and NextGen ahead of the project’s proposed second phase

The AfricaYam Project Leader, Patrick Adebola and IITA Yam Breeder, Asrat Amele recently visited Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and NextGen Cassava team in Ithaca, USA. BTI is an independent research institute, which uses plant sciences to improve agriculture and has been involved in the AfricaYam project from inception. They created a database called YamBase that…

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