IITA News

IITA rejoices with AfDB President on honoris causa

IITA celebrates with its ardent supporter and champion, HE Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank (AfDB) as he receives an honorary award of Doctor of Entrepreneurship from Bowen University, Nigeria. This award is recognition for his commitment to youth empowerment, contribution to subsistence farming, publications on agriculture and policy development as well as…

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Scientists prepped for nutrition survey

A team of scientists have been trained to carry out a nutrition survey in selected communities throughout Nigeria. The week-long training workshop, which took place from 27 October to 2 November, focused on preparing the scientists for the field and designing a good survey. IITA Head of Administration, West Africa Hub, Sylvia Oyinlola, welcomed the…

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Going Digital! IITA holds Promo day for digital technologies

IITA and partners gathered today, 1 November, to launch IITA applications designed to promote productivity. With the theme “Smart tools for smart farming”, the meeting demonstrated the linkages between IITA’s products and our applications. Agricultural productivity in Africa has a number of challenges, including “lousy seeds”, lack of professionalism, insufficient capacity, low adoption of improved…

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IITA GoSeed set to launch first e-commerce site for breeder & foundation seed in Nigeria

IITA GoSeed, a unit of the IITA Business Incubation Platform (BIP), is launching the first e-commerce website in Nigeria soon, making breeder and foundation seed of the best varieties of important food crops available. Buyers can now order online at www.iitagoseed.com. Read more

IITA Nematology/Striga laboratory undergoes facelift in Ibadan campus

IITA Nematology/Striga laboratory undergoes facelift in Ibadan campus

On 4 October, IITA West Africa Hub Director, Robert Asiedu, inaugurated the newly refurbished Nematology and Striga laboratory at the Ibadan campus of the Institute. Project leaders and a GRC representative were among those present at the ceremony. In his remarks, Asiedu congratulated the staff and commended them for their persistence and hard work in…

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Open for whom? Equity in Open Access

As the world observes Open Access week between 21 and 27 October 2019 with the theme, “Open for whom? Equity in Open Access”, it is important to consider the various users of open access data and publications as well as the usage of such open access materials or data.  In simple terms Open Access means making your…

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CBN and IITA explore areas of synergy to boost cassava production in Nigeria

CBN and IITA explore areas of synergy to boost cassava production in Nigeria

In an effort to improve cassava productivity and value addition activities in Nigeria, representatives from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) visited IITA Ibadan on 25 September to explore possible avenues of collaboration, especially in facilitating finance for farmers. Achieving more efficiency in the sector promises to increase incomes of the value chain actors. IITA…

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Senior team visits YIIFSWA-II project sites in Nigeria

Senior team visits YIIFSWA-II project sites in Nigeria

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Senior Program Officer of YIIFSWA-II project, Lauren Good and the Project Leader Norbert Maroya, YIIFSWA-II visited project activities in Abuja, the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory as well as sites in Ogun and Oyo states. The field visit organized by the Project Leader presented an opportunity for the Program Officer…

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IITA launches STEP at planning workshop

IITA launches STEP at planning workshop

A 3-day planning workshop for the Start Them Early Program (STEP) is ongoing at IITA Headquarters, Ibadan. The purpose of the workshop is to launch STEP and make plans for its operations in the next one year. STEP is currently operating in Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and Nigeria, with the vision of transforming African…

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IITA Forest Center monitors bird populations with mist nets

Biodiversity focus: IITA Forest Center monitors bird populations with mist nets

The IITA Forest Reserve is one of 27 sites designated as Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) in Nigeria. The 350-ha forest qualifies as an IBA because it holds 67 bird species that are restricted to the Guinea-Congo Forest Biome, and the entire IITA-Ibadan Campus, which consists of other habitat types, is a haven for…

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