IITA empowers Ogoni youth on agribusiness for sustainable livelihoods

The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Ministry of Environment in partnership with IITA, under the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), commissioned a cassava processing factory in Korokoro Community, Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State. The Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abubakar, represented by the Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Marvin Dekil, during the commissioning, noted…

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The graduating youth (back row) with some of the organizers and other stakeholders.

IITA-Onne hosts graduation of Ogoni youth after machine fabrication training

A training organized for 15 Ogoni youth, which kicked off on 14 January, was concluded successfully on 29 March. The training was in line with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recommendation to provide an alternative source of livelihood for oil-impacted communities of Ogoniland in Southern Nigeria. The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), in a…

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IITA-Onne commences livelihood training of Ogoni women and youth

The IITA -Onne station, Rivers State, in partnership with Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) and Stakeholders Democracy Network (SDN) on 21 January flagged off the first batch of sustainable livelihood training for 17 youth in the fabrication of agroprocessing machines. The event, which took place at IITA-Onne, was attended by HYPREP and SDN officials including…

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Picture of Director Chiji (center, in black) flanked by the youth agripreneurs and staff in Onne.

AfDB Director urges scientists to take advantage of IITA Onne

Chiji Ojukwu, Director, Agriculture and Agroindustry Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB), called on scientists to consider setting up their research plots at the reopened agricultural research and training facility in Onne.

Picture of DDG with the Agripreneurs showing off some of the products.

IITA Onne will drive strong research and delivery projects, says IITA DDG

During a visit to inspect the facilities and progress at the recently reopened IITA station at Onne, Rivers State on 25 May, Kenton Dashiell, IITA’s DDG, Partnerships for Delivery pledged to preserve the legacies of the late Dirk Vuylsteke, Paul R. Speijer, and John B. Hartman—IITA renowned scientists who dedicated their lives to revolutionizing banana and plantain breeding in the region.

Picture of a wing of the renovated office block.

IITA Onne, back and better

After almost 10 years of dormancy, IITA in Onne—which has produced tremendous breakthroughs in breeding plantain varieties with resistance to Black Sigatoka disease and advances in Musa genetics that have won for IITA various prestigious awards among which is the CGIAR King Baudouin award, is back and better.