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‘Six Steps’ toolkit sparks excitement among cassava farmers

Farmers in Oyo State, Nigeria were in awe when the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) conducted some harvest operations on-farm plots set up to demonstrate the Six Steps to Cassava Weed Management and Best Planting Practices, one of the project’s agronomic recommendation toolkits. IITA-ACAI last year set

Weak research funding hampers Africa Covid-19 clinical trials

By Joseph Checky Abuje   Africa’s weak funding for research, poor research governance structures and weak health systems continue to hamper its place in vaccine development. Dr Borna Nyaoke-Anoke, a Senior Clinical Project Manager at the Drug for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) during a webinar seminar with African science journalists that while the researchers in

IITA, EAGC to produce aflatoxin-free grains for health and trade

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) Tuesday signed an agreement to work together to tackle aflatoxin contamination of grains in the region to help ensure that they are safe for human and livestock consumption and meet export standards. Aflatoxin is a highly poisonous chemical produced by a

Nigeria lauds IITA’s impact in the cassava seed sector

The Federal Government of Nigeria has commended the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and its partners for their impact on the Nigerian seed system, especially in the cassava sector. The commendation came during the IITA launched the second phase of the Building an Economically Sustainable and Integrated Cassava Seed Systems (BASIC II). The first phase

Industrial agriculture receiving the bulk of Africa’s agricultural development funding 

Money flows in agricultural development are still reinforcing damaging industrial models in Africa, according to a new report by Biovision, IPES-Food and the UK-based Institute of Development Studies. The Money Flows report looks at investments in sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the biggest philanthropic investor in agri-development, Switzerland,

How BASICS is changing Nigeria’s cassava seed sector, creating seed entrepreneurs

Africa has grappled with the sustainable diffusion of improved cassava varieties due to a weak and uncoordinated dissemination strategy that has denied farmers improved varieties hence keeping production low. However, the project— Building an Economically Sustainable, Integrated Cassava Seed System (BASICS) has demonstrated that the cassava seeds system can be profitable for the players involved

Royal Academy of Engineering launches Project CARE to support engineering innovation to fight COVID-19 in Africa

Five female entrepreneurs are combining their engineering and business skills in the fight against COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa thanks to funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering through its Project CARE (COVID Africa Rapid Entrepreneurs) initiative. The five are among the three Kenyans, two Nigerians, a South African and Ghanaian who have each received £5,000

COVID-19: Pan-Africanism at an all-time high for continent’s youth, a new survey finds

While Africa Day (May 25th), the official day of the African Union (AU) marking intercontinental unity, takes place solemnly in 2020 on the backdrop of the continued outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), a recent study of Africa’s youth has showcased continent-wide resiliency, institutional trust, cohesion and collective ‘Afro-Optimism’ in facing the challenges ahead. The results of

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