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IITA scientist among AAS and the Royal Society recipients of 2020 FLAIR fellowships

IITA scientist among AAS and the Royal Society recipients of 2020 FLAIR fellowships

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Royal Society of London, supported by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), have announced the second cohort of the Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) fellowships. Thirty outstanding early-career African scientists, whose research focuses on the needs of the continent, will receive support from the…

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Is agriculture a punishment or an opportunity
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Is agriculture a punishment or an opportunity?

It is no longer news that in Africa, agriculture is an occupation practiced by the aged in rural areas. African youth prefer migrating to urban areas in search of white-collar jobs to pursue a career in agriculture. This is because the youth have the mindset about agriculture being difficult and having little gains. The drudgery…

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STEP-Kenya motivates students at CSAYN forum

On 20 February, the IITA Start Them Early Program (STEP) team from Kenya attended a forum of the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) at the University of Nairobi, Upper Kabete campus. The STEP team comprised Lorraine Mutinda, Samuel Kamau, Maryfaith Simiyu, and Stallone Mambo, a student representative from Mwiki Secondary School. The Principal of…

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Spraying locust swarm is ineffective – IITA entomologist

Spraying locust swarm is ineffective – IITA entomologist

As Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya battle huge swarms of desert locusts, great efforts are underway to control these destructive insects. These locusts, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are twice as big in body size and destruction potential. Verenado Meeme talked to one of our entomologists, Peter Neuenschwander about solutions that can bring…

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STEP makes progress promoting agribusiness in secondary schools in Africa

STEP makes progress promoting agribusiness in secondary schools in Africa

Since its inception in 2019, the IITA Start Them Early Program (STEP) team has been working tirelessly towards advancing agribusiness development in secondary schools in Africa. The aim is to redirect the aspirations of Africans towards careers in modern agriculture by exposing them to viable opportunities in agribusiness at an early age. To achieve this,…

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Agriserve partnered with Cropnuts Kenya to launch a joint venture

Agriserve partnered with Cropnuts Kenya to launch a joint venture

The knowledge of the right type of land and the quality is integral in agriculture. Leveraging IITA’s over 50 years of research for development in Africa, AgriServe, a unit of the IITA Business Incubation Platform was launched to provide technical professional services in  Laboratory operations, Soil suitability assessment and Agronomic advisories and Agricultural enterprise development….

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IITA Eastern Africa Hub sets out agenda for Institute’s future in the region

IITA Eastern Africa Hub sets out agenda for Institute’s future in the region

The IITA Eastern Africa Hub organized a two and a half-day retreat for its staff in Nairobi, Kenya, with the theme ‘Beyond our vision—shaping our future, together!’ During the event, the hub team with members drawn from Kenya, Madagascar, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, looked at their past achievements, including the development of the first-ever East…

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IITA Scientist elected to prestigious global science body

Leena Tripathi, a Principal Scientist with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Deputy Director of IITA’s Eastern Africa hub has been elected as a fellow to the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Tripathi received this recognition because of her distinguished contribution to developing robust genetic transformation platforms for…

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IITA joins other CGIAR centers to provide support to rebuild Somalia’s Agriculture sector

IITA and eight other CGIAR centers have met with officials from the Government of Somalia and several agriculture development partners to put together a plan to rehabilitate Somalia’s agricultural sector following years of conflict in the country. The meeting took place on 24 September at ICRAF offices in Nairobi, Kenya. Donor organizations with development programs…

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“Pay attention to nematodes, they have adverse effects on African food security”, scientists warn

Although the world has fully turned its attention to climate change and is continually looking for ways of slowing down its effects on humans, plants, and animals, there is another consequence sneaking up—and no one seems to notice. This consequence is nematodes! Africa’s high population growth rate and rapid urbanization, coupled with climate change, has…

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