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School children raise funds for IITA Forest Project

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24 December 2012

School children between 3 and 12 years from the Ibadan International School (IIS) have raised about three hundred and fifty thousand naira (N0.35 million or $2,000) to support the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture’s Forest Project. The donation is part of the school’s efforts towards supporting good causes in the society.

Africa to host global conference on plant viral disease in 2013

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18 December 2012

Scientists from across the world will gather in Arusha, Tanzania, for the 12th International Plant Virus Epidemiology (IPVE) symposium between January 28 and 1 February 2013. The meeting will provide researchers a platform to share the latest knowledge, brainstorm and draw a road map to contain the spread of plant virus diseases.

Cassava varieties developed by IITA show promise of tackling famine in the Horn of Africa

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14 December 2012

Improved cassava varieties developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and tested in Ethiopia –one of the countries in the Horn of Africa—have high prospects of tackling the menace of seasonal bouts of famine in that region.

Banana can protect coffee from the effects of climate change

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11 December 2012

Dar es Salaam. Growing coffee and banana together not only generates more income for small-holder farmers, compared to growing either crop alone, but it can also help coffee production to better cope with the effects of climate change, a recent study has shown.

AfDB and researchers launch $63M initiative to lift Africans out of poverty

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10 December 2012

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and researchers today launched the US$63.24 million AfDB-funded initiative that aims to raise agricultural productivity and also lift millions of Africans out of poverty.

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