Nova next: IITA Scientists cited for their efforts in salvaging the Cavendish banana
03 November 2016
Some banana breeders are holding out hope that TR4 may cause plantation owners to rethink the global Cavendish monoculture. “Race 4 is a threat, but it’s also an opportunity to start growing more diversity,” says Rony Swennen, the lead banana and plantain breeder for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Arusha, Tanzania. Read more.
Information Nigeria: African farmers should determine cocoa price – Ooni
09 November 2016
The monarch, who made the call at the first Regional Cocoa Symposium held at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan on Tuesday, said it was morally wrong for external bodies to determine what the price of a farm produce would be, bearing in mind the fact that Africa was producing 70 per cent of the global cocoa yield. Read more.
SciDev.net: A step towards better nutrition for African children
07 November 2016
At a workshop hosted by the Nigeria-headquartered International Institute for Tropical Agriculture last month (4-6 October) in Nigeria, experts added that fortified gari — a creamy white or yellow flour with a slightly fermented flavour and a slightly sour taste made from fermented, gelatinised fresh cassava tubers — could ensure the success of the school feeding programme in the country. Read more.
The Guardian: YIIFSWA trains commercial seed producers for increase yam yield
06 November 2016
YIIFSWA project Leader, Dr Norbert Maroya said the project was initiated in September 2011 with more than $12million US grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to increase yam yield and output by 40 per cent for 200,000 Small-holder Farmers in Nigeria and Ghana. Read more.
National Accord: Researchers flag threats to Nigeria's cassava industry
02 November 2016
Dr Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy Director General, Partnerships For Delivery, who represented the Director General, Dr Nteranya Sanginga said cassava is an important crop for Nigeria and it was important that researchers were thinking about its future. Read more.