Project to improve nutritional value of plantain launched in Cameroon, Gabon, and Nigeria

Project to improve nutritional value of plantain launches in Cameroon, Gabon, and Nigeria

IITA in partnership with the University of Buea, Cameroon; Institut de Recherches Agronomiques et Forestieres (IRAF), Gabon; and the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Nigeria have launched a new project that aims to enhance the nutritive quality of plantain in the three countries. The launch ceremony of the project, which is funded by the African…

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IITA team with Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh (center) and officials of Origin Group Nigeria at the signing ceremony.

IITA signs training agreement to “tractorize” Nigeria

To support the quest for attainment of Nigeria’s agriculture mechanization goal, IITA has signed a training agreement with Origin Tech Group Nigeria Ltd, a private sector investor who is interested in bridging tractor and agriculture equipment deficit in Nigeria. Origin Tech Group Nigeria is a local agricultural value chain company providing value-technology in agricultural advisory,…

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Picture of Mallam Aminu Abubakar of FCTA presenting the coconut trees to the Head of Abuja Station, Dr Gbassey Tarawali

FCT agricultural secretariat donates improved coconut seedlings to Abuja station

The agricultural secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Nigeria, has donated 150 improved coconut seedlings to the IITA Abuja station.

Picture of Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative with IITA team

Foreign Affairs ministry team open IITA vehicle bidding exercise

To ensure appropriate processes are adhered to in the disposal of the Institute’s obsolete vehicles, a team of two officials of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with IITA officials in Ibadan on 9–10 July.

Picture of Dr Tarawali delivering the welcome remarks

IITA co-hosts Food Systems workshop in Abuja

IITA in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Netherlands, recently co-organized a two-day stakeholder workshop on Food Systems for Healthier Diets (FSHD) in Nigeria, under the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).

Picture of IITA DDG Partnerships for Delivery Kenton Dashiell (second from right) with other panelists and the organizer at the ALP Seminar

Stakeholders propose development plans to transform Nigeria’s agriculture sector

Stakeholders in the agriculture sector came together on 21 June at the 7 th Annual ALP Seminar to discuss challenges and opportunities affecting the transformation of Nigeria’s agriculture and agro-allied sector.

Picture of Governor Godwin Obaseki (left) and DG Nteranya Sanginga (center) discussed areas of collaboration

Edo State and IITA explore areas of collaboration on cassava

The Edo State Government and IITA agreed to join forces to bring about transformational change in cassava, as the oil-rich state embarks on reforms to diversify its economy.

Group photo of participants.

Nigeria hosts consultative meeting on alignment of research and delivery to its agriculture agenda

Stakeholders in Nigeria’s agricultural landscape attended a country consultation on alignment of research and delivery towards agricultural policies of the Federal Government, 10–12 April, in Abuja.

Picture of Cassava stakeholders celebrating the project BASICS in developing sustainable seed systems in Nigeria.

Seed sector: Economically sustainable seed businesses can transform cassava production in Nigeria

Nigerian seed sector professionals said that businesses selling improved varieties and high quality cassava stems for cultivation could help farmers significantly raise their productivity. The benefits of this raised productivity are expected to be enjoyed by all the stakeholders across the value chain in a sustainable way.

Picture of Kenton Dashiell, IITA DDG, Partnerships for Delivery (left), presents the implementation document of the Forum to His Excellency, Engr. Dave Umahi, the executive Governor of Ebonyi state.

The Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum activates drive to end hunger in Nigeria by 2025

Members of the Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum have taken proactive steps to ensure that malnutrition and hunger will no longer be experienced in the country by 2025. To achieve this goal, the forum agreed during the launch of its “Synthesis Report of the Nigeria Zero Hunger Strategic Review” earlier last month to select five pilot…

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