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Drought and Resilience in East Africa

By Paola Nano Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day. Exactly one year ago, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed, potentially marking a historic turning point against anthropogenic climate change This is not a matter of preventative measures we must take to avoid a future problem: climate change is already happening, and the effects have been

Cassava: Over 100 trained as spray service providers

Close to a hundred people have trained as spray service providers on herbicides application, safety and use in Abia state, Nigeria. The training, which came at the onset of cassava planting season, was conducted by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture led Cassava Weed Management Project in partnership with the National Root Crops Research Institute,

Kenyans turn to ecological farming

By Gitonga Njeru in Machakos, Kenya Increasing numbers of Kenyan farmers are venturing into ecological farming. They say the benefits are much better than conventional farming. This is a partnership with the farmers and Greenpeace Kenya and several other organizations. “Ecological farming brings me more income per acre as compared to the normal type of

Economically sustainable seed businesses to transform cassava production in Nigeria

Seed sector professionals have said businesses selling improved varieties and high quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African farmers significantly raise their productivity. This will mean more earning from the same land, inputs and effort. The benefits of this raised productivity will be enjoyed by all the stakeholders across the value chain in a

International root and tuber crops research body honours IITA researchers and others for great work on root and tuber crops in Africa

The UK-based International Society of Tropical Root Crops- Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB), on Friday presented awards of honour and recognition to 10 researchers working on root and tuber crops in Africa. The awards, which were presented during the close of the 13th symposium of ISTRC-AB in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania were part of efforts by the

Scientists discuss global cassava threats at meetings in Nigeria

World’s top cassava experts gather in Nigeria to report progress on developing new varieties of cassava with higher yield and nutritional content. The meeting will take place on March 14-16, at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in Ibadan. “Africa produces more than half of the world’s cassava — about 86 million tons from

New Initiative takes Kenya mangoes to Chinese market

By George Okore A link between Kenya Agribusiness and Agroindustry Alliance and Chinese Chambers of Commerce in East Africa will see local farmers access international market. Over 20,000 Kenya mangoes famers countrywide are expected to benefit. Chairman of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in East Africa William Wu Zhuo said at the launch that Kenyan-grown mangoes

IITA Cassava Weed Management Project empowers cassava farmers in economic recession

When a Nigerian novelist, Florence Nwapa (1931-1993) wrote about the importance of cassava in her poem—Cassava, not many people may have appreciated the importance of cassava in national and food security. Nwapa’s article was inspired by the events that occurred during the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970) and how cassava was able to save lives, guarantee

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