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Veteran cassava researchers win the 2018 Golden Cassava Prize

Veteran cassava researchers win the 2018 Golden Cassava Prize

A Principal Scientist and Cassava Breeder with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Alfred Dixon and Dr. Hernan Ceballos of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) have won the 2018 Golden Cassava Prize. The prestigious award, which is usually bestowed on colleagues for their excellent contribution to cassava transformation was given to

AfDB to invest $120 million to boost cassava and others

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Tuesday said it will invest $120 million in the next 2-3 years to boost the productivity and transform cassava and eight other commodities on the continent. The nine commodities include: cassava, rice, maize, sorghum/millet, wheat, livestock, aquaculture, high iron beans and orange fleshed sweet potatoes. “Transforming cassava on the African

World cassava conference holds 11-15 June in Cotonou

The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21 century (GCP21) will hold a world conference on cassava in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, 11-15 June 2018. The conference is the fourth in a series coming after previous ones in Bellagio, Uganda and China, and will feature the latest results from research and innovation in cassava value chain.

Nigeria declares weeds as major productivity drawback in cassava farming

Commissioners of agriculture in Nigeria’s cassava growing belt have decried the weeds menace which they blamed for low yields in cassava and the main constraint limiting the competitiveness of cassava farmers in the country. To stem this menace, the commissioners signed in a communique at the 2018 Annual Review & Work Planning Meeting of the

Côte d’Ivoire Ministry of Health enters pact with Oranga, Gavi

In a bid to increase immunisation rates in Ivory Coast, the country’s Ministry of Health has announced plans to enter into partnership with the Orange SA and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The partnership is to ensure lowest vaccine coverage in some remote villages. The “M-Vaccin Côte d’ Ivoire” project uses Orange mobile technology to inform

Toilets for $10 or Less are Accelerating Progress Towards A Major World Goal: Sanitation for All

The Water Innovation Engine, a pioneering partnership led by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to stimulate bold new ideas and approaches in the water sector has launched the global “Urban Sanitation Challenge” with the announcement of a multi-million-dollar investment in five projects in Africa, Asia and South America. The financial

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

Outdated Vaccine Delivery Systems impede their impact, Researchers Say

Four in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are impacted by vaccine stockouts leading to 89 percent probability that immunization delivery services will be compromised, a collection of new articles published today in Vaccine journal shows. According to the collection, outdated vaccine supply and distribution systems are delaying and limiting the impact that vaccines have on

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