Picture of “It is indeed a great honor to be chosen as the 2016 African Young Grain Legume Scientist. It is my sincere hope that I could inspire other youths to go into agricultural research,” said Ndeve in his acceptance speech.

Mozambican named Young African Grain Legume Scientist 2016

IITA has named Mozambican Arsenio Ndeve as Africa’s Grain Legume Scientist 2016. The 35-year old beat entries from Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and Malawi. Apart from a plaque of recognition, Ndeve also received an Apple IPad during the awarding ceremonies held at the Gala Dinner of the Joint Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea…

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IITA confers achievement awards to three cowpea researchers

At the Joint Pan-African Grain Legume and Cowpea Conference, IITA conferred “Lifetime Achievement Awards” to three researchers in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the development of grain legume and cowpea research. The scientists are Drs Issa Drabo of Burkina Faso, Irvin Widders of Michigan State University – Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab, and…

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Picture of The “black and blue” conference crew with Dr Chikoye with an all thumbs-up for a successful conference at the close of the event on 4 March.

Teamwork key to success

Asked about the vital ingredient to the success of the conference, David Chikoye, IITA Regional Director for Southern Africa, simply stated: “teamwork”. “The (conference) journey began exactly 12 months ago when we started planning for hosting the World Cowpea Conference. Along the way, we changed the initial plans when IITA agreed to join hands with…

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Call for sustainable and diversified production

In an interview, IITA Deputy Director General for Research for Development, Ylva Hillbur, reiterated that drought tolerant crops would be extremely important in countries facing the effects of climate change like Zambia. “You also need to diversify and have different varieties of cash crops such as legumes, cowpeas and integrate cassava. We need to move…

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Picture of Minister Lubinda (middle) touring the poster stands while being briefed by Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) Director Moses Mwale (right) as IITA Southern Africa Director Dr David Chikoye (left) walks alongside.

Put hoes in museums; place ICT, women, and youths in forefront

Lubinda has also urged African countries to put the hand hoe in museums and promote a mechanized and smart agriculture because he said “the hoe had outlived its usefulness in agriculture.” He added that this is especially true in the context of climate change in which production efficiency is of paramount importance. He noted that…

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Picture of the Joint Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference was officially closed by Julius Shawa, Permanent Secretary of Zambia’s Ministry of Agriculture.

An impressive collection of agricultural geniuses

In his remarks keynoting the opening the conference, Zambia Minister of Agriculture Honorable Given Lubinda called the delegates attending the conference “an impressive collection of agricultural geniuses”. “On behalf of the Government of Zambia, I would like to thank the organizers for choosing Zambia as the host of this Joint Pan-African Grain Legume and World…

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Picture of Zambia Minister of Agriculture Honorable Given Lubinda giving his keynote speech at the opening of the Joint Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference on 29 February at the AVANI Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone, Zambia.

IITA-organized international confab puts grain legume and cowpea research in global spotlight

More than 580 delegates from 46 countries across the globe converged in the historical town of Livingstone in the south of Zambia to share knowledge, information, and expertise; deliberate on issues; build and reinforce partnerships; and discuss the state of the art in grain legume and cowpea research at the highly-successful Joint Pan-African Grain Legume…

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