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Former VP and new VC of NM-AIST visit IITA Arusha

A former Vice President of Tanzania and the Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela Africa Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Honorable Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal and incoming Vice Chancellor, Prof Emmanuel Luoga, visited IITA research facilities including the lab and field at the university.

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IITA participates in annual National Farmers’ Exhibition in Tanzania

IITA participated in the annual Farmers’ Exhibition in Tanzania held 1-8 August.

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Seed health experts from Burundi and Rwanda visit Tanzania to learn about cassava seed systems

The Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI) and the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), supported by IITA and Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), have made great strides in establishing a commercial seed system for cassava in the country.

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New FMS building commissioned in Tanzania

IITA-Tanzania recently inaugurated a new office building for the Facilities Management Services (FMS) and archive for documents at its premises in Dar es Salaam.

Picture of Farmers looking at the improved sorghum varieties intercropped with cowpea at their demonstration site.

Supporting farmers in Tanzania to cope with climate change

IITA has established three demonstration sites in Dodoma region to showcase to farmers appropriate Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices for arid and semi-arid areas.

Picture of some of the participants at the Aflasafe trial fields where they were taught the practical application of the technology in the field.

IITA trains extension staff on aflatoxin as it prepares to scale out aflasafeTZ in Tanzania

As part of its push to ensure access to safe and aflatoxin-free food across Africa, IITA recently trained stakeholders in the governments’ agricultural extension services in parts of Tanzania, on aflatoxin and on use of aflasafeTZ, the effective biocontrol product that reduces aflatoxin contamination consistently by more than 80% to safe levels.

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N2Africa’s technology helping kick out hunger in Kongwa District, Tanzania

Legumes such as cowpea, beans, and groundnuts are not only beneficial to human health as they are a rich and affordable source of protein; they are also beneficial to the soil. They fix nitrogen from the air into the soil improving its fertility thus, increasing the yield of other crops such as maize and sorghum…

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How gender dynamics affects women’s participation in cassava food value chains in Tanzania

A team of researchers working in Tanzania has conducted a gendered mapping of the structure and functioning of the traditional cassava value chain in Kigoma, Mwanza, Coastal Region and Zanzibar Island of Tanzania.

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Tanzania youth Agripreneurs impress IITA DG

IITA DG Nteranya Sanginga expressed optimism over the efforts of the Tanzania Youth Agripreneurs and pledged to fully support them in their various enterprises.

Picture of Members of the Umoja wa watuamiaji maji group show the remaining cowpea seed after harvest and selling.

Meet Julie Bwire: The inspiring ambassador of soybean in Tanzania

Julie Bwire is a mother of three and a farmer at Msufini village in Mvomero District, Morogoro Region, eastern Tanzania. She dropped out of school in the late 1980s and until 2015 was engaged in petty trading as well as farming; mostly maize and vegetables.

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