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Director General Nteranya Sanginga has reassured staff that the tight financial situation at IITA due to last year’s reduction in funding to the CGIAR System was improving and he was very hopeful of a turnaround mid-year.
An international team of scientists have for the first time demonstrated that it is possible to speed up banana breeding using genomic prediction models that accurately select banana hybrids with desired traits.
Cornell University will expand international efforts to deliver improved varieties of cassava to smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa with $35 million in new funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UK aid from the United Kingdom.
- 0707.September.Thursdayhttp://www.iita.org/event/africa-rising-going-scale-eastern-province-zambia-meeting/Lusaka, ZambiaM9, Lusaka, Zambia
This will be an end-of-project meeting attended by all partners implementing Africa RISING to scale in Eastern Zambia. The objectives of the meeting are as follows:
Share updates on project activities implemented and achievements since inception
Capture/document lessons learned from project implementation
Develop an exit strategy for project activities and partners
- 1111.September.Mondayhttp://www.iita.org/event/hands-basic-molecular-biology-techniques/IITA, Ibadan, Oyo State, NigeriaIITA Entrance Rd, Ibadan, Nigeria
This is a 5-day training workshop that will enable participants acquire the basic molecular techniques required for success in scientific research. Participants will experience hands-on training on genomic DNA extraction, electrophoresis, Polymerase Chain Reaction amplification, and RT-PCR and cDNA synthesis.
- 1111.September.Mondayhttp://www.iita.org/event/africa-rising-esa-project-review-planning-meeting/Zanzibar, TanzaniaZanzibar Town, Tanzania
Project partners implementing Africa RISING activities in Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia will convene to achieve the following objectives:
Documentation of scalable research outputs for dissemination
Put together an advanced draft of the Africa RISING ESA technology handbook
Review of main scientific achievements of the project
Share report from PCT/SAG meetings held in June and determine follow-up actions
Identify loose ends and how to tie them up
Share progress on scaling partnerships with development partners