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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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IITA wins top exhibitor award with research innovations and technologies at TARI-Kibaha farmers’ day

IITA wins top exhibitor award with research innovations and technologies at TARI-Kibaha farmers’ day

IITA’s innovative technologies that address challenges facing smallholder farmers in Tanzania impressed participants at a Farmers’ Day organized by the Tanzania Agriculture Research Institute (TARI)-Kibaha on 31 May. IITA participated at the event, showcasing some of its research innovations and technologies, and came in as the top exhibitor and the second in financially supporting the…

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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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Tanzania bans plastic bags

Travel advisory: Tanzania bans single-use plastic bags

The Government of Tanzania has announced a strict ban on plastic bags in the country. The ban, which came into effect on 1 June, prohibits the manufacture, importation, and use of all single-use plastic bags including shopping and garbage bags. Offenders could face heavy penalties including fines and possible jail term. In an Institute-wide email,…

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Yara Tanzania to partner with ACAI on dissemination of agronomy advice tools

Yara Tanzania, a subsidiary of the global fertilizer conglomerate Yara International ASA, has agreed to partner with the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) in the dissemination of its cassava agronomy decision support tools (DSTs). ACAI has been doing research to develop a suite of agronomy advice tools to help improve cassava intensification, productivity, and production…

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IITA Board of Trustees spring meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania

IITA Board of Trustees spring meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania

The Board of Trustees of IITA convened in Arusha, Tanzania, from 6 to 10 May, for their annual spring meeting. This was to enable them to familiarize themselves with the Institute’s research activities in that part of the country as well as conducting their usual business of keeping abreast of developments at the Institute and guiding its…

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Cassava farmers in Tanzania to benefit from new industry partnership with ACAI project

At a recent meeting in Tanzania, IITA, through the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) and the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI-Naliendele) agreed to explore areas of collaboration with the Cassava Starch Tanzania Corporation (CSTC). Demand for cassava is increasing as more companies are seeking to process the roots into high-value, starch-rich flour. New processing capacity…

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Picture of Dr. Dashiell visiting a lab at TARI-Kibaha nematology lab

DDG P4D tours Eastern Africa hub

IITA Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery (DDG-P4D), Kenton Dashiell, embarked on a two-day tour of IITA’s Eastern Africa hub in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 1–2 November. During the visit, he met the staff, Tanzania Youth Agripreneurs, and partners. At the end of the visit, Dashiell said he was very impressed with the warm…

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Picture of quest of honor, Prof Siza Tumbo, giving the opening remarks

Stakeholders in Tanzania plan cassava transformation to support agriculture-led socioeconomic development

The Cassava Compact of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) led by IITA and funded by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) has initiated activities in Tanzania, with a three-day national stakeholders’ workshop.

Picture of NM-AIST delegation visiting the lab facilities.

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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