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COVID-19: Leading the fight from the front lines

COVID-19: Leading the fight from the front lines

IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga and other frontline staff receive the vaccine as the vaccination rollout begins at the Institute. The vaccination at the IITA Clinic is part of the first wave of the vaccination program in the country after Nigeria has taken delivery of the first batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines. IITA has requested…

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IITA head named a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences

Dr Nteranya Sanginga, the Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), has been elected as a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries, effective 1 January 2021. The election, which was made known through a formal announcement, is a clear recognition of Dr…

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OPINION: Africa’s devastating locust outbreak exposes need for crop science on all fronts

A perfect storm of conditions led to the locust attack currently tearing through East Africa and Pakistan, where countries are deploying pesticides, military personnel and even ducks. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has given the ultimatum of March to bring Africa’s desert locust outbreak under control, calling for US$76 million to fund insecticide spraying. Read more

DG Sanginga to be awarded honorary title of doctor honoris causa from KU Leuven, Belgium

The Academic Council of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) has nominated DG Nteranya Sanginga to receive the doctor of honoris causa. The award will be conferred on the 20th anniversary of VLIR-UOS, an organization that supports partner­ships between higher education institutions in Flanders and the South. The five partner universities under VLIR-UOS will host a ceremony to…

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DG Sanginga to be conferred doctor of honoris causa from KU Leuven, Belgium

The Academic Council of KU Leuven has nominated DG Nteranya Sanginga to receive the degree of doctor of honoris causa. The award will be conferred on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of VLIR-UOS, an organization that supports partnerships between higher education institutions in Flanders and the South. The five partner universities under VLIR-UOS will…

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Akinyele Local Government officials honor DG Sanginga

IITA Director General, Dr Nteranya Sanginga, was honored by the Akinyele Local Government Authority, Ibadan, by naming a street after him on 12 January at Akingbile for his dedication and selfless sacrifice in transforming and improving the livelihoods of people within the neighboring community and sub-Saharan Africa at large. The street, formerly named Road H…

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IITA will continue to stand out as a leading research institute in all areas — Nteranya Sanginga, IITA DG.

I am pleased to announce to all that 2018 came to a successful end as a result of the dedication and commitment of staff, despite the dramatic decline in central funding encountered by the institute. In the midst of it all, IITA had no option but to prepare for the future and reorganize its manner…

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DG Sanginga details blueprint of operations for the next five years

DG Nteranya Sanginga laid out the Institute’s priorities for his second term, saying that the move is necessary to correct the imbalance resulting from the influx of projects, funds, staff, and partners from 2011 to 2016. These were laid out in his recent report to the IITA Board of Trustees. According to the report, for…

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Picture of Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze addresses the staff and guests during the 50th anniversary launch program, 19 October, IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria.

IITA kicks off 50th anniversary celebration in Ibadan with IFAD president as guest of honor

IITA commenced its golden jubilee celebration, with a launching event at the headquarters in Ibadan, on Wednesday, 19 October. The launch event featured the president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze, as the guest of honor.

Picture of From (Left - Right ) Mr Sidibé and Dr Touré at the Cassava processing unit.

“Big brothers” come back to IITA for commercialization

Reconnection and commercialization met on 18-20 October when Dr Moctar Touré from Senegal, and Mr Birama Sidibé from Mali, long-time friends of IITA DG Nteranya Sanginga, visited Ibadan to initiate a partnership-support relationship with the Institute that would benefit many start-up businesses in Africa. The duo were warmly received by DG Sanginga, who gleefully welcomed…

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