Tag Archives: Nigeria

IITA-CWMP puts smiles on farmers’ faces

Resource-poor farmers who are participating in the demonstration farms being organized by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)-led Cassava Weed Management Project (CWMP) have said that the project intervention is making life easier for them. According to them, the project is a “burden lifter.” They said they have “suffered over the years, seeking solutions

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,

Zero Hunger: IITA set to offer solution to weed menace as stakeholders raise concerns  

A team of researchers working on the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture-managed Cassava Weed Management Project (IITA-CWMP) have said findings from the five-year project will respond and address the problems of weeds especially in cassava farming systems. The challenge of weeds on Nigeria’s agricultural productivity was brought to the fore at the meeting of the

WHO moves to contain Nigeria’s Lassa fever outbreak

  The World Health Organization has scaled up its response to an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria, which has spread to 17 states.  and may have infected up to 450 people in less than five weeks. In a statement released to the press Tuesday, the WHO said nearly 450 suspected cases were reported, of

Leaders urged to renew commitment to a malaria-free Africa 

African nations have been urged to renew their commitment and strengthen instruments to attain a malaria-free Africa by 2030. At a high-level briefing held on the margins of the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Senior health, finance and foreign affairs officials from across the continent were briefed on the latest findings from the

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

Nigeria suffers 1M preventable stillbirths and infant deaths annually due to Group B Streptococcus infection

Close to 1 million children in Nigeria die due to Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria infections,  new findings of a new research supplement published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, and launched at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting in Baltimore.   Led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical

GAVI warns that vaccine progress in developing countries ‘in danger of stalling

New WHO/UNICEF figures released this week show that in 68 of the world’s poorest countries, while close to a million more children received the basic diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine in 2016 compared to 2015, the coverage rate has remained at 80% for the past three years. Millions of children remain under-vaccinated in countries torn apart by conflict,