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Zambian President commends IITA’s youth-in-ag initiative

Zambian President commends IITA’s youth-in-ag initiative

Zambia Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI) recently facilitated an exhibition program with the theme: “Crop diversification and alternative food”. A team of young people under the ENABLE-TAAT compact of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation participated in the event to showcase the modern cassava value chain technologies. Zambian Head of State, His Excellency, President Edgar Chagwa…

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ENABLE-TAAT backed startups flourish in Kaoma

ENABLE-TAAT backed startups flourish in Kaoma

On a recent tour of startup activities by ENABLE-TAAT trained youth in Kaoma District, Zambia, IITA Southern Africa Research and Administrative Hub (SARAH) Director, David Chikoye, commended youth agripreneurs for their flourishing enterprises. Chikoye visited the startups to monitor their work and progress. The 2-day visit allowed for in-depth interaction between the Director and the…

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IITA to lead One-Health in Ghana-Benin under AICCRA Project

IITA to lead One-Health in Ghana-Benin under AICCRA Project

In a bid to help African countries strengthen the resilience of their agricultural sector against the threat posed by climate change, a $60 million grant has been awarded for the ‘Accelerating the Impact of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa’ (AICCRA) project. The project will concentrate its activities in six countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Senegal,…

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Professional food body elects IITA researcher as Fellow

Professional food body elects IITA researcher as Fellow

The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) has duly elected IITA-Zambia Food Science and Technology Associate Scientist Emmanuel Oladeji Alamu as a Fellow of the Institute. Alamu received a certificate from the Institute with a congratulatory message signed by IFST President Helen Munday. IFST confirmed Alamu’s fellowship status after an in-depth review by the…

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Government of Zambia keen to support development of agricultural value chain

Government of Zambia keen to support development of agricultural value chain

The Finance Minister of Zambia, Dr Bwalya Ng’andu, announced that the government is keen to support any initiative that targets the development of the agriculture value chain because of its substantial benefits to farmers and other players in the chain.​ The Minister said this during a courtesy call by IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga, in…

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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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TAAT Cassava Compact holds implementation planning meeting in Zambia

On 11-12 September, IITA-Zambia hosted the cassava compact stakeholders meeting of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program to discuss its implementation in Zambia. In attendance were key stakeholders in the cassava sector in the country including His Royal Highness Senior Chief Kaputa of Kaputa District; the Deputy Director of the Zambia Agriculture Research…

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Picture of Africa RISING in Zambia photobook

Photo reports: Africa RISING in Malawi and Zambia

The Africa RISING project management team recently visited different project sites in Malawi and Zambia.

Picture of Aaron and Mavis Mumba with their two children in front of their house. Photo: Simon Mudenda, CIP.

Africa RISING success story

Farmer finds a sweet spot producing orange-fleshed sweet potato vines and roots during the dry season in Zambia.

Picture of DDG Saethre being briefed by Chikoye and other scientists on activities at the experimental field at SARAH.

New DDG-R4D visits southern Africa Hub

From 6 to 7 July, the new IITA Deputy Director General for R4D, May-Guri Saethre, was at the Southern Africa Research and Administration Hub (SARAH) campus in Lusaka, Zambia, as part of her familiarization tour of the different IITA stations and offices across Africa.

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