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IITA facilities impress Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

IITA facilities impress Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Dr Mohammed Bello Umar, Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, paid a courtesy visit to IITA Ibadan with some top officials on 12 July. Although, his presence in Ibadan was purposely for an engagement at the University of Ibadan, he decided to visit to get first-hand experience of IITA after hearing…

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Akilimo decision support system for cassava farmers promoted

Akilimo decision support system for cassava farmers in Nigeria and Tanzania

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) has released its first field test version of the Akilimo decision support system in paper and application format. Extension agents will use these to help cassava farmers in Nigeria and Tanzania optimize their productivity and income from growing cassava. The name Akilimo is coined from a combination of two…

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NITAD to partner with IITA in capacity building

NITAD to partner with IITA in capacity building

Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD) in Oyo State, Akin Akinpelu, visited IITA-Ibadan with his team on 3 July. The visit was to seek collaboration with IITA in the area of training and development. Representatives from IITA’s Capacity Development Office (CDO), Human Resource Management, and Communication Unit received the delegation at…

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IITA Youth Agripreneurs program wins international award for youth empowerment innovations

IITA Youth Agripreneurs program wins international award for youth empowerment innovations

In recognition of its commitment to improving both agribusiness opportunities and creditworthiness of youth across Africa, the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) program has been awarded the 2019 International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. The award, the first of its kind, is funded by the Government of Switzerland and was presented, in conjuction with…

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TAAT discusses ongoing activities in workshop

TAAT discusses ongoing activities in workshop

Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), a program initiated by the African Development Bank (AfDB) as part of its Feed Africa Initiative, held a workshop at IITA, Ibadan. The meeting, which took place 27-28 June, brought together representatives from AfDB as well as executing and implementing agencies, the TAAT Program Unit, the Clearinghouse, and coordinators…

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Event announcement: 3rd National Annual Conference of the Society for Underutilized Legumes to be held in Ibadan, Nigeria

The Society for Underutilized Legumes (SUL) will hold its 3rd National Annual Conference, 9-11 July 2019 at the Institute of Agricultural Research & Training (IAR&T) in Ibadan, Nigeria. The conference will feature field trips, plenary sessions, the Annual General Meeting, the official launch of the SUL website (www.sulegumes.org/) and the Society journal: Journal of Underutilized…

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AU-IAPSC Director visits IITA-Abuja ahead of International Plant Health Conference

As part of preparations for the forthcoming International Plant Health Conference to be held in Nigeria 21-25 October 2019, the Director of the Africa Union-Inter Africa Phytosanitary Council (AU-IAPSC), Dr Jean Gérard Mezui M’ella, paid a courtesy visit to IITA Abuja Station on 16 May. His visit aimed to ascertain the level of IITA’s preparedness…

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IITA-Ibadan Campus is a hotspot for bird conservation

Biodiversity focus: IITA-Ibadan Campus is a hotspot for bird conservation

By supporting about 270 different species of birds, the 1000-ha IITA Campus in Ibadan remains one of Nigeria’s hotspots for bird conservation. The campus is blessed with different kinds of habitats, including forest, wetland, farmland, and residential areas. “This huge diversity of birds is attributable to the different kinds of habitats found within the campus,”…

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ACAI capacity building for partners: Nigeria and Tanzania NARS training on data management

ACAI capacity building for partners: Nigeria and Tanzania NARS training on data management

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) has started a series of data management training for staff members from the national agricultural research system (NARS), in the project target countries. The NARS staff from Nigeria and Tanzania are being trained on data collection using the ODK suite tool, data analysis in R, and geospatial information system…

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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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