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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 launches International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020 at R4D Week

IITA launches International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020 at R4D Week

With decades of research contributing to the improvement of plant health globally and across Africa in particular, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is joining the plant science community on 22 November to launch the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020. The IYPH 2020 is a year long observance with the theme, “Protecting…

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Sasakawa Africa Association signs MoU with IITA to strengthen already existing partnership

Sasakawa Africa Association signs MoU with IITA to strengthen already existing partnership

The Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) team met with the IITA Board of Trustees (BoT) at IITA Ibadan campus on 20 November. The meeting was for the purpose of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their already existing partnership and discuss more partnership opportunities. SAA was founded in Geneva in 1986 by Ryoichi Sasakawa…

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Data Focus: Equity in Open Access

The world observed Open Access week 2019 from 21 to 27 October. The theme, “Open for whom? Equity in Open Access” raised important considerations about the various users of open access data and publications as well as the usage of such open access materials or data. According to Opensource.com, Open Access means making your work…

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YIIFSWA-II exhibits at Annual NASC Seed Fair and Farmers Day

The National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) held its annual Seed Fair and Farmers Day on 17 October, at their headquarters in Sheda, Abuja. The theme of this year’s event was “Making quality seeds available, accessible and affordable to Nigerian farmers.” The new Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono indicated that there…

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IITA launches new Bibliography

IITA launches new Bibliography

To fulfill its open access mandate, IITA has launched an upgrade of the Institute’s research and knowledge output repository, the IITA Bibliography. The new version was unveiled on 14 August as part of the IITA Communication Open House, which took place in Ibadan, Nigeria. The new IITA Bibliography is built on the open-source DSpace software;…

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ATASP-I sorghum outreach green mini field days showcase various production technologies

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), under the Sorghum Outreach implementation activities of the Nigeria Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program – Phase 1 (ATASP-1) for 2019 held green mini field days in seven communities and Nana Asma’u Girls Secondary School, Kamba, Dandi Local Government Area (LGA) all in Kebbi-Sokoto Staple Crops…

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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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