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Scientists show which genetic loci is associated with bunch weight in highland banana

Scientists have, for the first time, located the position of major quantitative trait loci associated with bunch weight and its component traits in Matooke, the East African Highland cooking banana. This is an important breakthrough in efforts to speed up breeding of improved high-yielding varieties for both food security and improved household incomes in the…

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Researchers support district experts and farmers in Climate Risk Profiling

Researchers support district experts and farmers in Climate Risk Profiling

The agriculture sector in Uganda is largely rain fed; this includes Nwoya District located within the Acholi sub-region, Northern Uganda. Drought and floods, exacerbated by climate change, present significant and increasing risks to agricultural production in the district, which according to the five-year district development plan employs 98 percent of the population. The CGIAR Research…

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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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Seedling exhibition for vegetable farmers held in Uganda

Planting healthy vegetable seeds significantly reduces the use of chemical pesticides on vegetable farms thereby limiting exposure to the associated health and environmental risks.

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Youth agribusiness in Uganda: The importance of engaging youth in agricultural enterprises

Maya Turolla, a PhD candidate at the University of Bologna and Radboud University in Nijmegen, collaborated with IITA in Uganda to study how the drive to engage youth in agriculture is materializing in terms of development projects and the role these projects play in the lives of these youth.

Ugandan journal says IITA’s breeding efforts to benefit no less than 15,000 farmers

Recently, the NEW VISION journal of Uganda, reported that IITA’s laudable efforts breeding banana with desirable characteristics will benefit at least 15,000 smallholder farmers in the country.

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Good progress but major challenges remain in gender integration efforts in agric and climate change policies in Tanzania and Uganda

While both Uganda and Tanzania have made great strides in strengthening the gender component of their agriculture and climate change policies, a lot still needs to be done to ensure gender issues are adequately addressed including the allocation of resources and better planning of activities and strategies for gender transformation. This in turn will contribute…

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PASIC study findings and Humidtropics’ Innovation Platforms factored in Uganda’s newly passed National

The approval of the National Agricultural Extension Policy (NAEP) and its strategy (NAES) in October 2016 by the Cabinet of the Government of Uganda was a major milestone for IITA and partners in their efforts to push for wide consultation with stakeholders in policy formulation. The policy incorporated findings from a study on Policy and…

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Red Ferrari: Journey of an award-winning entrepreneur, Josephine Okot

The Red Ferrari lecture at this year’s P4D Week was delivered by Josephine Okot, the proprietor of Victoria Seed Company in Uganda and also an IITA board member. Okot has received many national and international awards including the prestigious YARA Prize for Green Revolution in Africa in 2007. In 2014 she was nominated as the…

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IITA and policy action partners contribute to approved Single Spine National Extension Policy and Strategy for Uganda

The Cabinet of the Government of Uganda approved the National Agricultural Extension Policy (NAEP) and its strategy (NAES) in October, marking another major milestone for the IITA-coordinated Policy Action for Sustainable Intensification of Cropping systems (PASIC) and its policy action partners and projects. These include the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Enabling…

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