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IITA, Washington University in St. Louis to jointly tackle poverty and hunger

IITA, Washington University in St. Louis to jointly tackle poverty and hunger

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) are exploring areas of collaboration that would address poverty, hunger, and youth unemployment in Africa. The plan is to leverage on the strengths and expertise of the two institutions to solve vexing constraints to Africa’s development. The resolve for a

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’s future looks brighter with IITA innovations, says Nigeria’s agriculture think tank

  Research and innovations being developed at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) hold promise, and could transform Nigeria’s agricultural narrative, says Nigeria’s agricultural think-tank, the Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG). The think tank, which comprises eminent persons drawn from Nigeria’s private sector players in the agricultural value chain and led by its Vice president,

Global cassava coalition wants support for cassava transformation in Africa

Ahead of the international conference on cassava, the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) has called on policy makers, donors and the international community to support all efforts that will bring about cassava transformation in Africa. The call is coming at a time when cassava is becoming central to food security of over

Researchers and policymakers meet in Tanzania to discuss cassava agronomy

Scientists across Africa meet with policymakers in Tanzania under the auspices of the African Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) to discuss the progress made in the last two years in providing clues to the agronomy of cassava. The meeting, holding 11-15, December, is set review the progress made by the ACAI—a project managed by the International Institute

Obasanjo and governors highlight gains of Zero Hunger initiative

Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said recently he was impressed with the impact the Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum (NZHF) was making especially in promoting healthy competition among states with a view to achieving food security. Speaking at the NZHF meeting in Ebonyi state, President Obasanjo said he see a healthy competition between states as

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