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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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Group photo of meeting participants.

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.

Picture of researchers discussing in the field during the M&E exercise.

SARD-SC Maize conducts monitoring and evaluation in Zambia

The SARD-SC Maize component carried out its annual monitoring and evaluation exercise for the year in Zambia from 4 to 11 April.

Picture of IITA/SARD-SC cassava processing center building at ZARI-Mansa.

IITA looks to spur cassava sector growth in Zambia as it hands over processing center to national partner

IITA, through its “Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa” (SARD-SC) project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), turned over a modern cassava processing center to its national partner, the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI), on 12 April in Mansa, Luapula Province, some 800 km north of the capital Lusaka.

Picture of The DDG-CS cutting the cake.

DDG-Corporate Services visits IITA-SARAH

Deputy Director General for Corporate Services, Hilde Koper-Limbourg, was at the IITA Southern Africa Research and Administration Hub (IITA-SARAH) at Kabangwe, Lusaka Province, Zambia 14 to 17 March as part of her familiarization and monitoring tour of the regional Hubs.

Picture of Chikoye explaining to Chief Kaputa (in a suit) about the different cassava varieties being tested at the IITA-SARAH campus.

Zambia traditional leader seeks IITA help to improve plight of people

The chief of an expansive district in the north of Zambia has sought the assistance of IITA to help improve the plight of his people through agriculture-based interventions.

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