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.
Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery, Kenton Dashiell, led an IITA team to meet the Vice President of Liberia on 2 February.
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.
IITA hosted scientists, technologists, economists, development partners, and program specialists from partner organizations to inaugurate Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), in Ibadan on 22–24 January.
James Legg, a Tanzania-based plant virologist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, has spent two years working with field researchers and software developers to improve an app to diagnose cassava diseases.
The IITA Director General, Nteranya Sanginga, in a joint delegation with the CEO of the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), visited Togo on 24-26 January at the request of the African Development Bank (AfDB) President and the President of Togo.
Scientists, development specialists, agricultural experts, representatives from national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES), and entrepreneurs from the private sector mainly from Africa will assemble in IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria on 22-25 January, for the inauguration and planning workshop of the long-awaited African Development Bank (AFDB)-funded program called Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT).
The partnership between two projects funded by USAID, Africa RISING, and NAFAKA, and whose goal is to promote integrated packages of technologies to smallholder farmers to sustainably increase their agricultural production, has benefited over 50,000 rural households in Tanzania.
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